New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province – Three arms cache belonging to CPP-NPA terrorists were discovered, yielding six high powered firearms (HPFAs), five improvised explosive devices (IEDs), six magazines with ammunitions and other war materiel, in Barangay Cogonon, New Bataan, Bgy Maparat and in Barangay Osmeña, Compostela on 21 February 2018.
The diligent conduct of interview to thirteen regular members of CPP-NPA terrorists (CNTs) that surrendered to the 66th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, coupled with intel operations led to the discovery.
In an earlier encounter on 20 January this year at Sitio Tadya, Barangay Bantacan, New Bataan, CVP, the CNT members suffered a major blow, with the successful conduct of focused military operations of the 66IB.
The relentless pressure proved too much for the enemy, the number of casualties on their side soon demoralized their ranks, greatly affecting their mass bases, thus leading to their surrender.
After the conduct of interview and with sincere intention to help the said NPA members to reform their lives, the CNTs finally reaffirmed their surrender and divulged information that led to the discovery of the arms cache.
The implementation of the Community Support Program (CSP) in Compostela Valley proved to have countered the NPAs Ideological Political Organizing (IPO) works and they have been denied of the support from the community. By helping bridge the gap between the local government units and their constituents, basic services are now finally being delivered to the people.
Through the conduct of the CSP, popular support from the community was gained by the troops. As trust and confidence were built, the people provided information that led to the series of decisive engagement and surrender of armed NPA members and Underground Mass Organization (UGMO) members.
Lieutenant Colonel Palmer M Parungao, Commanding Officer of the 66th Infantry Battalion, lauded the troops for their continuous efforts in defeating the enemies in the area through the reduction of its manpower and equipage. Parungao urge them to do more and sustain the drive in doing its job.
Meanwhile, Major General Noel S Clement, Commander 10ID assured the communities of the continuing efforts of the Division to fight any threat. "We are grateful to the LGUs' effort to attain the maximum participation of all local leaders and their stakeholders in the pursuit of peace. Your soldiers are here to support the delivery of basic services through the CSP and will remain vigilant in protecting the peace," he said.