Tip-off leads PH Army to NPA landmine depot in Agusan del Sur

Tip-off leads PH Army to NPA landmine depot in Agusan del Sur

The responsibility of ending the communists rebels terror is an active participation of the public at large with the government troops whether be it the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) or the Philippine National Police (PNP).

And this kind of set up is what happened in Agusan del Sur as local villagers made the tip off to the military that led to the recovery of a depot of bomb-making materials and ammunition belonging to the communist New People’s Army (NPA).

1Lt. Roel T. Maglalang, civil-military operations officer of the Army's 23rd Infantry Battalion, said that government troops recovered bomb-making materials and ammunition in the hinterland village of Maasin, Esperanza town, Agusan del Sur.

Seized materials for the production of anti-personnel mines and improvised explosive devices belonging to the communist New People’s Army  The war materiel were recovered in a hinterland village in Esperanza municipality, Agusan del Sur. (Photo courtesy of 23IB)

“The citizens in the area saw the danger of these bomb-making materials. Farmers going to their farms usually pass very near the depot where explosive materials are deposited,” Maglalang told the Philippine News Agency (PNA)

Government troops was able to discover firearms, bombs, ammunition, and subversive documents in the area.

Among those recovered were 11 containers of ammonium nitrate, two blasting caps, 205 rounds of M-14 rifle ammunition, five magazines for M14 rifle, a roll of firing wire, NPA garments and shirts, and other pieces of evidence, which all belongs to the sub-unit of the NPA's North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC).

Maglalang explains that 11 containers of ammonium nitrate can produce 60 anti-personnel mines that could be deadly both to soldiers and civilians.

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