The Amy troops have discovered again arms cache allegedly owned by the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in Sarangani province.
According to Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom), members of the 73rd Infantry Battalion (IB) found the arms cache in Sitio Salyan, Brgy. Sapu Masla in Malapatan town Saturday, February 29, after the revelation of a certain, alias, Tarzan, a former member of NPA group being monitored in Sarangani and surrendered on February 27 to the same unit.
The weapons, which were the second arms cache of the same group to be discovered within the week, included two M16 rifle and one AK47.
On February 25, the same unit recovered firearms of the same group at Sitio Mahayag, Upper Suyan, Malapatan, Sarangani, consisting one AK47 and one Garand Rifle.
On the same day, the 66th IB found 11 firearms in an isolated area of Sitio Danawan, Brgy. Manurigao, New Bataan, Davao de Oro.
In a separate incident, elements of 88th IB seized an arms cache at the vicinity of Biblisan, Sitio Pantaron, Brgy. Banlag, Valencia City, Bukidnon in the afternoon of February 28.
Seized from the cache were seven shotguns, one Garand Rifle, International Humanitarian Law (IHL) banned landmine and detonating cords, four caliber 38 pistols, various ammunitions and hand held radio.
In Sitio Ulingan, Brgy. Manobo, Magpet, North Cotabato, one US Springfield rifle, an IHL banned landmine and subversive document were retrieved by elements of 72nd IB on February 25.
Eastmincom has attributed the series of discovery of arms cache to the continuous dwindling of NPA personnel in Eastern Mindanao.