AFP recovers 209 firearms, 155 IEDs from NPAs
A total of 209 high-powered and low-powered firearms and 155 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were either confiscated from or surrendered by NPA members during the first two months of the year.
In AFP Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) alone, a total of 165 firearms and 131 IEDs were confiscated from NPA terrorists and their supporters in the same reckoning date.
On February 21, three arms caches consisting of six high-powered firearms, five IEDs, and several war materiels were recovered by the Philippine Army’s 66th Infantry Battalion based on the information provided by rebels who surrendered.
On February 27, the 16th Infantry Battalion found an arms cache consisting of six firearms and war materiels based on the tip of a former rebel in Calinan District, Davao City.
Surrenderees, mostly from the eastern part of Mindanao, surrender and turn over their firearms to authorities. They are then enrolled in the government’s Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) to receive benefits, including remuneration for their surrendered guns.
The AFP said it would continue to call on the remaining rebels to come back to the folds of law and become productive members of the community.
It said the intensified military operations against terrorists and rebels were necessary to reduce their armed capability.
The AFP said it would also enhance the Community Support Program to empower local government units in providing essential services to the people to encourage more NPAs to surrender.#