Troops recover mortar ammunition

ARMY troops from the 26th Infantry (Sandigan) Battalion, 4ID, PA under Ltc. Nhel Richard E. Patricio recovered a sizable number of mortar ammunition on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 in Agusan del Sur.

A total of 72 rounds of mortar ammunition composed of 30 rounds for 81mm and 42 rounds for 60mm were retrieved from a junkshop owned by Gilbert Cabilan in Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

According to reports, these items were from Brgy. Pagangan, La Paz, Agusan del Sur and were sold by an unidentified person believed to be a member of the New People’s Army.  The retrieval was made after the 26th IB received information from concerned citizen on the existence of such items in the area.

“We noticed that the voluntary information we are getting from civilians have become more frequent recently.  In fact, many of our successful operations were results of concrete information from the residents themselves.  We are glad for this vigilance among our people,” said Major General Victor A Felix, Commanding General of the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division.

After inspection, personnel from the Explosive and Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team noticed indications of tampering of the ammunition and attempts to use these for improvised explosive device (IED).

“We already know that the diminishing support of the NPA has made them more desperate in their finances and other resources.  But this incident is telling us that their desperation is actually becoming worse.  Some of their members are now selling off their ammunition, perhaps even stealing these items,” said Major Eugenio Julio C Osias IV, Division Spokesperson and concurrent Commanding Officer, 4th Civil-Military Operations {Kasaligan) Battalion.

Major Osias added that the military understands the difficulties NPA members are experiencing and encouraged them to choose a new life.  “The most practical thing NPA members can do is to leave the NPA and make their own honest living with the mainstream society.” Verlin Ruiz



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