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High-Ranking Former Rebels Reveal NPA Arms Cache, 6 High-Powered Firearms Captured In Zambo Norte

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High-ranking former rebels revealed the location of the Communist Terrorist Group’s (CTG) arms cache in Sitio Palos, Brgy. Santo Niño, Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte, Wednesday morning, October 28, 2020.

The troops of the 44th Infantry Battalion, immediately launched a retrieval operation at the revealed location which resulted to the capture of six high-powered firearms: composed of five M16 assault rifle and one M1 .30 carbine rifle.

“The troops were able to gain the complete trust and confidence of high-ranking officials of Guerilla Front Feliciano “A”, Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee who surrendered to the unit,” said Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, Commanding Officer, 44IB.

“During the conduct of custodial debriefing, these former rebels voluntarily relayed the information of the location of the arms cache,” Lt. Col. Templonuevo added.

Also recovered were one (1) long magazine with 26 live ammunitions of cal 30; one (1) Nokia cellular phone; two (2) bandoliers; CTG flag; medical and dental equipment; and assorted medicines.

Commander, 102nd Infantry Brigade, Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas expressed his gratitude to the former rebels for sharing vital information.

“We will ensure that these firearms will be processed for firearm remuneration under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) that will be given to the former rebels,” said Brig. Gen. Nicolas.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Gene Ponio, Commander, 1st Infantry Division said, “the Tabak will continue to show its sincerity and commitment in assisting former rebels as they reintegrate to the mainstream society.”

(Source: TEAM TABAK)

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