TESDA - CAR Regional Director Dante Navarro with Mountain Province Provincial Director Alvin Yturralde, in a recent Kapihan sa Baguio media forum for TESDA program updates especially on scholarships and training programs. (CCD/PIA CAR)

PDEA - CAR Regional Director Gil Cesario Castro reports the 2nd quarter accomplishments on the campaign against illegal drugs in the Cordillera Region. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Abandoned NPA caches, belongings found in Mt. Province

BONTOC. Mountain Province (PIA)—Two abandoned caches and belongings linked to the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) were recently found in the province through the cooperation of residents and former rebels.


In an interview with 1LT Rogelio S Recto Jr , Civil Military  Operations  Officer of the 69th Infantry Battallion,  information  from  Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs)    surrenderers  led to the conduct of a follow-up operation by the 69IB together with the Besao municipal police station resulting to the discovery of the arms cache in barangay Gueday in Besao  on July 1.

The recovered weapons and communication materials included one Elisco M16 A1 rifle with defaced serial number, one 2.3 kilograms command-detonated explosives, radio with charger, one keypad Sony Ericson cellular phone, and one electrical digital tester.

The items were turned over to the military for proper disposition.

On July 4, soldiers from the 54th Infantry Battalion found abandoned belongings of NPA members between Barangay Tetep-an Norte in Sagada and Barangay Dalican in Bontoc.

Military reports  show the  abandoned items   included   different gun parts and improvised bandolier, equipment with marking “Front Operational Command - Alfredo Ceasar Junior Command,” which part of Guerrilla Field Committee-Southern Ilocos Sur, clothes  with markings “Chadli Molintas Command NPA- Ilocos-Cordillera", two books containing revolutionary war lessons, two pieces of wire (25 meters long each), three hammers, blanket, ragdrops, radios, powerbank, flashlights, extension cord, five bag packs, and medical supplies.

The NPAs reportedly abandoned their belongings  one to two months ago after many of their members left the movement.

Firearms and communication gadgets recovered by government troops in Gueday, Besao.
Abandoned NPA belongings found between Barangay Tetep-an Norte in Sagada and Barangay Dalican in Bontoc.

Last June 24, acting on a tip from concerned citizens, combined military and police forces  discovered  an abandoned  NPA hideout  in   Barangay Balaoa in  Tadian .

Found in the man made tunnel were two   improvised blasting machines and two   improvised anti-personnel/tank mines. The NPAs were  believed to have abandoned the place three months ago.

According to the former rebels, the   CTGs will continue to weaken because people in Ilocos province and Mountain Province who have been supporting them  in the past   are now rejecting them.  Moreover, the CPP-NPAs are declared persona non grata in Mountain Province.

Meanwhile, MGen Laurence E Mina, Commander of the 5th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, encouraged the remaining  NPA members and supporters  to surrender before it is too late. The government, he said,  is ready to assist them in changing their life for the better.(JDP/Valerie Jane Taguba with reports from 5ID)


Updated as of July 6, 2021 11:13 pm By Juliet Pilotin



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