High-powered firearms recovered during joint operation of PA, PNP

By Connie Calipay


Two high-powered firearms and ammunition of the New People’s Army (NPA) were recovered during joint operations of the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO-5) and the Philippine Army (PA) in a forested area of Barangay Calpi, Bulan, Sorsogon on April 21 this year.


In a statement, Maj. Malu Calubaquib, PRO-5 spokesperson, said the arms cache hidden inside two blue drums buried on the ground was recovered with a tip from an informant.


Troops recovered two M16 rifles; 8,190 live ammunition for caliber 5.56mm; 48 M16 magazines; and 19 M14 magazines.


“The discovery of the firearms and ammunition is another manifestation that the rebels continue to lose not only their manpower but as well as its firepower capabilities. A positive indication that the government through the police and military is realistically winning the campaign against insurgency,” Calubaquib said.


Brig. Gen Jonnel Estomo, PRO5 director, in a statement, thanked the PA for its support to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and assured that the police would continue to work closely with the military to end the atrocities of the communist terrorist group. (PNA)

ARMS CACHE Two high-powered firearms of the New People’s Army that government forces recovered in a forested area of Barangay Calpi, Bulan, Sorsogon on April 21. The arms cache was hidden inside two drums buried on the ground. (Photo courtesy of PRO-5)