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NPA fighters surrender 50 caliber sniper rifle, high powered arms to Army

September 25, 2020 - Friday 2:09 PM by PR

Article Banner Image NPA fighters renounced the New People's Army's misguided and illegal armed struggle and yielded assorted high-powered firearms to Army's 97th Infantry, "Kalasaglahi” Battalion at Poblacion, Leon B Postigo, Zamboanga del Norte last Wednesday, 23 September 2020. PHOTO BY 97th Infantry, "Kalasaglahi” Battalion

Leon B Postigo, Zamboanga del Norte – NPA fighters renounced the New People's Army's misguided and illegal armed struggle and yielded assorted high-powered firearms to Army's 97th Infantry, "Kalasaglahi” Battalion at Poblacion, Leon B Postigo, Zamboanga del Norte last Wednesday, 23 September 2020.

The eight (8) High-powered firearms, all in operational condition, are one (1) Cal. 50mm Sniper Barrett Rifle with one (1) magazine; one (1) M79 Grenade Launcher; six (6) AK47 assault rifles with fourteen (14) magazines and ammunitions. The firearms were from the Main Regional Guerilla Unit (MRGU) of Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC) operating in the Zamboanga Peninsula and Province of Misamis Occidental.

The Main Regional Guerilla Unit (MRGU) was the unit of the Communist-NPA-Terrorist (CNT) that was notorious in conducting terroristic attacks, mafia-like extortion and arson of poverty-alleviation projects.

The troops treated former rebels with dignity and provided them with social services, earning the former rebels' trust and confidence enough that they revealed the arms cache in an isolated Sitio in Barangay Guibo, Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte.

“During debriefing by our troops, the former rebels recalled and eventually revealed the location of their firearms and guided our troops to recover those firearms.” Lt. Col. Manaros M Boransing, Commanding Officer, 97th IB said on his statement.

“The recovered firearms will no longer be used by the NPA to terrorize communities.” Lt. Col. Boransing added

Brig. Gen. Leonel M Nicolas Commander of 102nd Infantry "Igsoon" Brigade, gave thanks to the former rebels for their cooperation.

“We are very thankful that these former rebels, victims of wrong ideology, are now collaborating with us and denounced the armed struggle to achieve a better future for them and for their families.” Brig. Gen. Nicolas said.

“By their cooperation, we will facilitate their firearms renumeration to receive an amount in exchange for each firearm they surrendered. “Brig. Gen. Nicolas added

Meanwhile, the Commander of 1st Infantry "Tabak” Division Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio commended the troops for their accomplishments.

“Your dedication and efforts led to this significant accomplishment with the series of encounters, numerous NPA surrendered and firearms captured significantly degraded the armed capability of the enemy. The Army will continue on to end local communist armed conflict in the  Zamboanga Peninsula to contribute to peace and development.” Maj. Gen. Ponio said.

“For those other NPA members still in the mountains, I urge you to surrender now until you have time, look at your former companions they are now enjoying benefits and assistance under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government with their families” Maj. Gen. Ponio added.

As of this posting subject firearms are now at the custody of 97th IB for documentation and will be transferred to Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Office to be examined to establish their origins and eventually process under E-CLIP where FRs who surrendered it will receive firearms renumeration from the government.

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