BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division reported yesterday the discovery of guns and ammunition in the forested area of Sitio Huebesan, Brgy. Marcelo, Calatrava, Negros Occidental.
Recovered were an M2 carbine rifle with five magazines containing ammunition and parts of M16 assault rifle, believed to be owned and hidden by New People’s Army rebels operating in the area.
Maj. Gen. Eric Vinoya, 3ID commander, said the discovery of firearms and ammunition came after the location was relayed by residents to the 79th Infantry Battalion troopers.
In previous months, a cache of firearms and ammunition, consisting of 12 assorted calibers of firearms, was also recovered by 62nd Infantry Battalion soldiers in Brgy. Macagahay, Moises Padilla, based on information relayed to them by residents.
Vinoya said the recovery of the hidden firearms in Calatrava and Moises Padilla towns boosted their intensified combat operations, especially in preventing the NPA from using the guns in their terroristic activities during the yuletide celebration.
He also said that NPA rebels are infamous of staging attacks not only against the government but also civilians during the holiday season.
The 3rd Infantry Division units stationed in Negros and Panay are now on intensified combat mode, following the non-declaration of holiday ceasefire, both by the NPA and the government. The Communist Party of the Philippines is marking its 52nd founding anniversary on Dec. 26.*