Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija – An enemy camp was discovered by joint elements of the 91st Infantry (SINAGTALA) Battalion and the 1st Provincial Maneuver Force Company of PNP Nueva Ecija which yielded two (2) Bushmaster 5.56mm M16 rifles. The discovery was made at Barangay Labi, Bongabon, Nueva Ecija on September 11, 2019.
The Alpha Coy, 91IB, led by 1st Lieutenant Jonemar I. Suarez, was making their way back to base when they chanced upon the empty enemy encampment. Their search resulted to the recovery of the rifles and three (3) long magazines.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Jose Mari F. Torrenueva, the 91IB Commander, the recovered firearms will soon be turned over to proper authorities for appropriate disposition.
In a separate event on the same day, seven members of Milisyang Bayan (MB), an NPA auxiliary, voluntarily surrendered to the joint elements of the 70th Infantry (Cadre) Battalion, the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion and the Philippine National Police of a certain province.
The seven MB members brought with them 2 Caliber 5.56mm and 2 Caliber 5.56mm M6653 rifles with four magazines and 70 live ammunitions which they turned over to the government troops.
The surrenderees are currently at the Headquarters 70IB for routine interviews. They will also be assessed for the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) which provides financial aid and livelihood training programs, along with the surrendered firearm remuneration.
Major General Lenard T. Agustin AFP, Commander of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division, commended the Army and PNP troops for their accomplishments, as well as the MB rebels who surrendered for their wise decision to surrender.
“President Duterte has ordered a ‘full scale’ operation against the communist rebels. We are mandated to perform as ordered. However, these recent accomplishments of the 7ID and PNP line units show that there is still time for misguided rebels to surrender and be with their families. We will help you as long as you take the peaceful road - but your time is running out – so do not attempt to threaten the peace, for we will hunt you down, and we will be relentless,” the 7ID Commander said.