The government troops have arrested two ranking leaders of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) and confiscated several high-powered firearms following a law enforcement operation in Lanao del Norte.
According to Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), Christopher Cañete and Virjon Virtudazo were nabbed in combined police and military operation in Barangay Dableston, Sultan Naga Dimaporo Sunday, December 1.
Cañete is the first deputy of Platoon Guerilla, Regional Operation Command, NCMRC and head of the Intel Staff, while Virtudazo is the Political Instructor of Platoon Bingo, Moro Company, SRC 5 NCMRC.
Recovered from their possession were one caliber .45 pistol, one caliber .38 revolver, one IED, two rifle grenades, one blasting cap, and one detonating fuse.
Westmincom said that during the custodial debriefing, the two disclosed the location of an arms cache in Barangay Sto Niño, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte.
The recovered arms cache includes seven M16 rifles, one AR18 rifle, one M203 Grenade Launcher, one cal 38 revolver, 286 M16 magazines, more than 2,000 rounds of 5.56 ammunition, eight rounds of M203 ammo, and 29 sets of bandoliers.