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High-powered firearms seized in Masbate clash with NPA

By Connie Calipay

LEGAZPI CITY --- Several high-powered firearms of the New People's Army (NPA) were recovered after an encounter early this week with government troops in Masbate province.

A social media post of the 9th Infantry Division (9ID) on Wednesday said the encounter occurred in the towns of Baleno and Aroroy in Masbate on Monday.

Based on the report, the troops acted on civilian information that armed men were monitored in the vicinity “conducting extortion activities and harassing residents in the area”

"Nagresulta ang nasabing engkwentro sa pagkakasamsam sa ilang matataas na kalibre ng baril na kinabibilangan ng: dalawang M16 rifle, isang M-60 machine gun; isang M14 7.62 rifle; isang M4 5.56 na rifle, samu’t-saring mga bala at mga maka-teroristang dokumento (The said encounter resulted in the seizure of several high caliber firearms which include two M16 rifles, one M-60 machine gun; one M14 7.62 rifle; one M4 5.56 rifle, assorted ammunition and terrorist documents)," the post said.

Lt. Col. Jeffrey S. Bugnosen, 96th Infantry Battalion commander, thanked the community for its full support in the campaign against the NPA.

Brig. Gen. Aldwine Almase, 903rd Infantry Brigade commander, acknowledged the unity of soldiers and police for their diligence and perseverance in responding to every piece of information that is conveyed by the public.

Maj. Gen. Adonis Bajao, 9ID and Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) commander, urged the remaining rebels to return to the fold of government and embrace a peaceful life so that they can be with their families.

"The life that the Lord has given us is so beautiful. It is more significant that we will appreciate it and use it correctly according to his wishes. This includes valuing the family, which we should prioritize over doing evil and destroying the unity of the people. So we continue to encourage the remaining members of the communist terrorist group to abandon the armed struggle and take advantage of the opportunity and programs offered by the government," Badjao said. (PNA)


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