Arms, explosives found

Members of the 71st Infantry Battalion recovered a cache of high powered firearms and explosives in a village in Maco, Compostela Valley, Monday afternoon.

First Lt. Jhocell D. Asis, civil-military operations officer of the battalion, said the soldiers recovered four explosives, two M16A1 rifles, an M653 Rifle, and three AK47 rifles at Sitio Limpakan, Brgy. Tagbaros.

Asis said the soldiers got wind of the arms and explosives when a former rebel reported the presence of a New People’s Army rebels bringing a sack.

The report said the explosives were found placed along the abandoned logging road, but the soldiers noticed them as the wires were seen.

The military unit then proceeded to the heart of the village where it exchanged fire with about five rebels, believed to be members of Guerilla Front 2.

The five-minute firefight forced the rebels to withdraw.

Lt. Col. Esteveyn E. Ducusin, commanding officer of the battalion, said the incident allowed the soldiers to preempt the attack of the group.

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