Soldiers recover guns, ammo

TROOPS of 16th Infantry Battalion recover war materiel belonging to the members of New People’s Army (NPA) while conducting clearing operation in Purok 8, Sitio Quibaton, Barangay Dominga, Calinan District on Wednesday afternoon.

Lt. Col. Darren Comia, the battalion commander of 16th IB, told TIMES yesterday that the soldiers received a tip from a concerned resident.

Upon conducting clearing operation they were able to recover an M1 Garand rifle with 32 rounds of ammunition; .357 caliber revolver with 25 rounds of ammunition; magazine of Super 38 revolver with 63 rounds of ammunition.

They were able also to recover 129 rounds of ammunition for Carbine rifle; 15 rounds of ammunition for Garand rifle; two steel ammunition box; four ICOM commercial radios; military uniforms; six pairs of combat boots, which were stashed near a banana plantation in the place.

“The tip of a concerned civilian resident is a clear indication that the communities on the ground are supporting the government forces in its fight against the NPAs that threatens the security and safety of the people,” he said.

The 16th Infantry battalion covers the areas of Paquibato district, parts of Calinan, Buhangin, and Marilog districts of Davao city. It also covers the areas of Sto. Tomas, Carmen, Braulio E. Dujali and Panabo City in Davao del Norte.

Col. Ernesto Torres, the commander of 1003rd Infantry Brigade based in Barangay New Visayas, Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte, lauded the efforts of 16th IB.

“We encourage everyone to support our government forces by providing relevant information on the location of the armed group, sympathizers and their arms cache,” Torres said. ”I also urge our troops to remain focus in defeating the NPAs that hinders peace, security and development in our area of operation.”

“With the support of the civilian stakeholders in our area and the commitment of other security forces, we can defeat and end the rebel group,” he further said.