NPA rifles seized in remote village in Compostela town

Troops of 66th Infantry Battalion seized two high-powered firearms on election day in Sitio Cabitian, Barangay Manurigao, New Bataan, Compostela Valley.

Lt. Col. Palmer Parungao, the commander of 66th IB, said all units were deployed in support of the Commission on Elections’ conduct of the synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls. The police and military were both deputized according to Resolution No. 10204.

He claimed that they received information about an arms cache in the area, said to be owned by Guerilla Front 25, Sub-regional Command 1, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee.

While securing the ballots, the 66th IB confiscated one M14 rifle and one M16 rifle.

“The significant gains of the unit against GF25 caused the dislodge of the said threat group from the battalion’s area of responsibility,” he said.

Accordingly, Barangay Manurigao is the most remote area under the 66th IB’s area of responsibility. It is situated in the boundary of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental at around 19 kilometers from the town center of New Bataan.

Residents belong to the Mandaya tribe and accessing the area needs three hours of walking and motorcycle ride.

Parungao said the information volunteered by the residents only proved the trust and confidence on the military.

“We ensure that our constituents shall exercise their right to suffrage without any fear and intimidation,” he said.

Brig Gen. Reuben Basiao, the commander of 701st Infantry Brigade, also congratulated the soldiers of 66th IB.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Noel Clement, the commander of 10th Infantry Division, recognized the efforts of the soldiers

“This is a clear manifestation of your high motivation in performing your duties,” he added.” You have shot two birds with one bullet; securing the election and reduced the equipage of our adversaries.”

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