The Army troopers have recovered an arms cache in Misamis Oriental after a commander of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) gave information about the firearms.
A certain alias Lakay, a former squad leader of the NPA platoon in Misamis Oriental, disclosed to the 58th Infantry Battalion (IB) Saturday, November 30, about the arms cache consisting of two M16 rifles and two AK 47 rifles, all belonging to the squad he previously handled and was kept in Balatukan Complex in Balingasag town, Lt. Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., commander of Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) said.
Alias Lakay first surrendered to Barangay Captain Claresa E. Bacullo of Barangay Linabu in Claveria municipality on November 28, bringing along with him his AK 47 rifle.
Meanwhile, Barangay Councils of Brgys. San Isidro, Tudela and Manat, all of Trento, Agusan del Sur, together with 75th IB facilitated the surrender of 23 Militia ng Bayan and the withdrawal of support of 160 members of the communist group’s Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) on November 29.
From January 1 to November 30, a total of 696 NPA regulars surrendered to the authorities or an average of two NPAs per day. For the same period, 1,050 Militia ng Bayan have yielded to the authorities while 4,402 UGMO members have severed their connection with the Maoist group.
The surrenderees have brought with them a total of 689 firearms of various caliber, Eastmincom said.