PH Army seizes firearms after clash with NPA in Leyte

PH Army seizes firearms after clash with NPA in Leyte

Efforts by the Philippine government to end the 50 year communist insurgency under the Duterte administration is in full swing.
Just recently, the Philippine Army(PA) has recovered high powered firearms from the New People’s Army(NP) after a 10 minute gun battle with remaining members of the communist terrorist group in an upland Caghalo village in Carigara, Leyte.

Army troops intensified their combat operations in the area after reports of the villagers of the presence of the communists rebels.
Philippine Army troops
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Philippine Army’s 93rd Infantry Battalion (93IB) seized an M16 rifle, two M1 Garand rifles, two M1 carbine rifles, an improvised shotgun, a hand grenade, an improvised explosive device, bandolier with magazines for M16 rifles and carbine rifle, and some personal belongings of rebels.
“We have monitored the NPA presence in the area with the help of the populace. This indicates that our people have enough of the NPA’s terrorism and want to have peace in their communities. Their disgust led them to report NPA terrorist presence in their villages,” Lt. Col. Roberto Beatisula, commander of the Philippine Army’s 93rd Infantry Battalion (93IB) said 
93rd Infantry Battalion (93IB) is just one of the 10 new battalions created to augment the existing government forces in the fight against insurgency and terrorism, it is considered as one of the Army’s elite forces, is composed of well-trained army officers and enlisted military personnel.

“This encounter speaks of the Army's commitment to end the insurgency here in Leyte. These communists have no place in the peace-loving people of Carigara,” Brig. Gen. Lope Dagoy, commander of Army’s 802nd Infantry Brigade said.
“For those who are wounded due to this encounter, you have a choice, surrender, or die alone. I am sure your comrades have left you as they fled the area. The government is extending its hand for you to return to the folds of the law, it is not too late for you to go back and be with your family,” Dagoy added.

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