MEMBERS of the Army's 58th Infantry Battalion recovered an arms cache of the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels Saturday, November 30, 2019, in Balatukan Complex, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental.
The recovery came after a certain Ka Lakay, a former NPA squad leader, revealed to them the location of the arms cache.
The arms cache included two M-16 Armalite rifles and two AK-47 assault rifles, all belonging to the squad previously headed by Ka Lakay.
Lakay surrendered on Thursday, November 28, to village chief Claresa Bacullo of Linabu, Claveria, Misamis Oriental. He turned over an AK-47 assault rifle.
Lieutenant General Felimon Santos, Jr., commander of Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom), welcomed the continuing surrender of the NPA rebels.
“We are confident that our efforts of reaching out to the members of the CTG (Communist Terrorist Group) is continuously gaining ground. It is expected that CTGs will be stashing their firearms, for what is firearms without personnel,” Santos said.
On Friday, November 29, 23 members of Militia ng Bayan and 160 members of the NPA's Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) separately surrendered to village officials of San Isidro, Tudela, and Manat, all of Trento town in Agusan del Sur province. (SunStar Zamboanga)