NPA arms cache discovered in Nueva Ecija – Manila bulletin
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – Troops of the 84th Infantry Battalion of Joint Task Force (JTF) Kaugnay and the Provincial Office of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Nueva Ecija have discovered a cache of weapons from the new army popular in Barangay Minuli, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija on Wednesday January 12th.
Major General Andrew Costelo, acting commander of Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom), said troops were leading peace and security efforts when a concerned resident of Barangay Minuli revealed the location of the cache of arms of the NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (PCP).
Costelo said the war material and communications equipment include an M203 grenade launcher, three M14 rifle butts / plates, six 5.56mm rounds, ten rounds of 40mm explosives, four sets. 5.56mm long chargers, two sets of 5.56mm short chargers, five ICOM two-way radios with charger, 30 liter container with rice, two keypad cell phones and assortment of medical accessories.
Col. Joseph Norwin Pasamonte, commander of the 703rd Infantry Brigade, whose area covers the province of Nueva Ecija, said the recovered items were taken to the headquarters of the 84th Infantry Battalion in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija for proper documentation and layout.
Costelo commended the troops for their dedication in carrying out the tasks assigned to them.
So far this year, Nolcom forces have uncovered three NPA food and weapons caches.
“Nolcom will be relentless in its peace, security and development efforts to end the local communist armed conflict in northern Luzon. I call on the remaining members of the Communist terrorist group to peacefully lay down their arms and return to the fold of the law. You are victims of the lies and deceptions of the Communist terrorists. Nolcom is always here to help you get a fresh start, ”Costelo said in a statement.
The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.
The Anti-Terrorism Council also officially designated the National Democratic Front as a terrorist organization on June 23, 2021, citing it as “an integral and distinct part” of the CPP-NPA which was established in April 1973.
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