CAMP GEN ARTEMIO RICARTE, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (DWDD) – Western Command elements from the 18th Special Forces Company under the Joint Task Group South, conducted focused military operations and firearms and various war materials from the communists terrorists in Sitio Arib, Barangay Culasian, Rizal, Palawan on October 30, 2017.
Led by Cpt Anthony Macatual, and with the help of community residents, the military recovered items, documents and war materials as follows: 2 pcs M16A1 Rifles, 3 pcs 12 Gauge shot guns, 2 pcs empty magazines, 1 pc empty mag cal 45 pistol, 1 pc housing box cal 45 pistol, 4 pcs ammo 5.56mm, 2 pcs books (Batayang Kurso ng Partido, Hingil sa Imperyalismo), 1 pc patch Bagong Hukbong Bayan, 1 pc Improvised Automating Blasting Machine, 1 pc non Electric Blasting cap, assorted medicines and medical kit, 1 pc logbook, subversive documents and receipt, assorted tool kit, assorted Clothes and other personal belongings.
To date, the Western Command has recovered a total of 26 firearms, a fully assembled IED and numerous ammunitions since the start of the second quarter of 2017. The recovery is a serious blow to the capability of the communist terrorist to sow fear and stage atrocities in the province.
Following the successful recovery of firearms and war materials in Bataraza a week ago, the conduct of operations in Rizal was made possible with the help also of the local residents in the community.
“This only shows that the people are sick and tired of the crimes, atrocities and illegal activities of the communists terrorists in their area. And so we also urge other communities to cooperate with us and report any information that would lead to the neutralization of personalities and capabilities of the enemies of peace,” said Western Command Commander, Lt Gen Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr.
The focused military operations of the operating troops of Western Command are balanced with civil military operations in their areas of operations.
“Western Command shall continue to conduct focused military operations as well as civil military operations in Palawan in order to cripple and dismantle the communist terrorists in the Province to ensure that nothing and no one will stand in the way of progress and further development,” Lt Gen Kintanar Jr. added.
President Rodrigo Duterte has called on the NPAs to cease fighting the government, go back to folds of the law, and rejoin the mainstream of society. The present administration has a pro-active program for their peaceful return that will enable them to responsibly rejoin their families, live normal lives, and integrate with their Filipino brothers and sisters.
In Palawan alone, there are about 79 rebels who have surrendered and returned to the mainstream society since January 2017. We are expecting more of them who will surrender and live lives anew. WESCOM/MCAG