A FOOD cache allegedly owned by the New People's Army (NPA) was discovered by soldiers of the 88th Infantry Battalion (88IB) at Sitio Bulacao, Barangay Concepcion, Valencia City, Bukidnon, on Wednesday morning, February 14.

The soldiers were conducting focused military operations in the area when they found some 40 sacks of rice, medical and food supplies, all placed inside plastic containers.

The military operations were in response to the complaints of residents in Barangay Concepcion that the communist insurgents are in the area for extortion.

"These concerned residents claimed that they are already tired and afraid of the CPP-NPA Terrorists extortion and exploitation among civilians most especially on forcing them to provide food, money, and materials; transporting these supplies to terrorists supply drop-off points; and the terrorists forcible and deceptive recruitment," the Army statement said.

Lieutenant Colonel Randy Remonte, 88IB Commanding Office thanked the residents of Barangay Concepcion and warned those who continue to support the NPA that such acts are unlawful.

"We appreciate the support of the residents of Barangay Concepcion, Valencia City, most especially Punong Barangay Luzviminda P. Santillan. We would not be able to locate these items without their vigilance and cooperation,” Remonte said.

Remonte said it is very unfortunate that local businessmen and other locals continue to aid the CPP-NPA.

“We would like to remind everyone that aiding terrorists is against the law and you will be liable under Section 4 of Republic Act 10168," he added.

Meanwhile, in Agusan del Norte, four high-powered firearms, five improvised explosive devices, radio communications equipment, medicines, and personal things of the NPA were also seized by the military.

Brigadier General Franco Nemesio Gacal, commanding general of the 402nd Brigade, said these were recovered in an NPA camp at Sitio Zapanta Valley and Sitio Ansili, Barangay Bangayan, Kitcharao town, Agusan del Norte.

Gacal said the accomplishment was a result of a series of combat operations conducted by troops in the area.