(Photo from 402nd (Stingers) Brigade, 4ID)
CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – A total of 269 high-powered and low-powered firearms were either confiscated from or surrendered by CPP-NPA terrorists (CNT), while a total of 174 improvised explosive devices (IED) were confiscated by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as a result of focused military operations from 01 January to 15 March 2018.
In Eastern Mindanao alone, a total of 174 firearms and 140 IEDs were confiscated from CNTs and their supporters in the same reckoning date.
Recently, the 26th Infantry Battalion seized one 7.62mm rifle and one AK47 rifle from a CNT member killed in an encounter in Kalinga province on March 12.
Six PVC pipe guns, four shotguns, four pistols, IEDs, grenade, and other war materiel were surrendered by four former rebels and five Militia ng Bayan members to 29th Infantry Battalion in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte last March 12.
Joint AFP-PNP troops seized four M16 rifles, and two M14 rifles from the six apprehended CNT members in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental last March 3.
In Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, two high-powered firearms were also surrendered on March 2.
Surrenderees, mostly from the eastern part of Mindanao, bring along their firearms and submit them to authorities while other firearms confiscated were from different parts of the country.
Surrenderees receive immediate financial help and are being enrolled to the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program or E-CLIP for livelihood and other assistance. Former rebels also receive remuneration for firearms they surrender.
The AFP will continue to conduct focused military operations to degrade the armed capability of the terrorists and further enhance Community Support Program to empower local government units in providing basic services to the people in their communities to encourage more CNTs to surrender.