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Ex-rebel bares arms cache location in Davao Oriental

MATI CITY, Davao Oriental (PIA) -- After returning to the folds of the law, Alias Juvanne, former vice political instructor of the dismantled Guerilla Front 2 (GF2), assisted the authorities in locating cache of high-powered firearms in Davao Oriental.

Juvanne, together with personnel from the 66th Infantry Battalion, 104th Military Intelligence Company, Banaybanay Police Station, and Davao Oriental Provincial Police Office, unearthed on May 21 high-powered firearms in Barangay Lower Causwagan in Banaybanay.

The firearms, believed to belong from GF2 of the Sub Regional Committee 2, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC), are two Caliber 5.56 M16 rifles, one Caliber 5.56 M16 riffle upper receiver, one Caliber 40mm M203 grenade launcher, one Caliber 7.62 M14 upper receiver, one Caliber 45 pistol 1911, and four anti-personnel claymore mines.

Brigadier General Oliver Maquiling, commander of the 701st Infantry Brigade, lauded the troops on their latest accomplishments.

“Our units will look after the recovery of all remaining war materials of the dismantled communist terrorist group (CTG) units to ensure that this will not be used again against Government troops and civilians,” BGen Maquiling said.

The firearms are now in the custody of the military for proper disposition, and will undergo cost valuation and evaluation to determine its enrollment in the remuneration program under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP), a government intervention program for former rebels.

Since the declaration of Davao Oriental and the entire Davao region as insurgency-free province and region, surrenders and recoveries of high-powered firearms were becoming prevalent. (MLU/PIA Davao Oriental)

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