A machine gun believed to be owned by the CPP-NPA Terrorist was recovered by Army troops at Barangay Balogo, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental on August 11, 2019, the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division reported.
Patrolling platoon of the 94th Infantry (Mandirigma) Battalion was conducting a security patrol in the barangay when five fully-armed individuals wearing camouflage uniform appeared in the area.
The troops tried to pursue the enemy but the armed men noticed their presence which caused them to scamper in different direction. The troops then searched the area where they recovered 1- KG9 sub-machine gun with Serial No. 041415, 1- magazine, and 24 rounds of 9mm ball ammunition.
According to LTC Randy Pagunuran, Commanding Officer, 94IB soldiers were conducting Focused Military Operation after an intelligence report and tips from civilians about the NPA presence, and recruitment activities in the area which caused fear among residents. These armed men are likewise believed to launch a terroristic attack in a form of tactical offensive against Balogo CAA Patrol base.
“We will be relentless in our operations; we will give them no chance of recruiting the innocent children to do the dirty work for them. Exploiting the youth’s innocence to become criminals is even tantamount to violation of RA 7610 which provides children with special protection against exploitation,” Pagunuran added.
Meanwhile, Major General Dinoh Dolina, Commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division cited the importance of maintaining a relationship with the community.
“The effort of the communities of providing accurate information denies them of space to hide, plan and carry out terroristic plans,” he said.
Further, Dolina urged the remaining members of the CPP-NPA Terrorist to return to the fold of the law and take advantage of the government’s livelihood program. “Give peace a chance, we will work with other stakeholders to ensure your safety and well-being and that of your family. We will make it sure that you will receive all the benefits offered by the government”.*
[CPT CENON C PANCITO III (SC) PA Chief, 3rd Division Public Affairs Office, via NDB]