By Francis Wakefield
Troops from the Army’s 84th Infantry Battalion (IB) discovered an arms cache at Barangay Minuli, Carrangla, Nueva Ecija on Wednesday.
Acting on information provided by civilians residing in the vicinity, soldiers from the 84th IB led by Lieutenant Colonel George M. Bergonia, successfully located the arms cache at around 5:15 p.m.
Recovered from the arms cache were seven M16 rifles, an Icom radio, four short M16 magazines, an M14 magazine, 20 rounds M14 ammunition, 1,100 rounds of M16 ammunition, three improvised explosive devices (IEDs), five blasting caps, one detonating cord, a binocular, 13 cellular phones (assorted brands), four power banks, five chargers, three extension chargers, two batteries, 11 SIM cards and 11 memory adaptors.
All recovered materiel have been turned over to the custody of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Maj. Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., the 7th Infantry Division commander, thanked the people of Brgy. Minuli for cooperating and trusting the government forces.
He further encouraged the people to be vigilant and continue to report unusual and suspicious activities that might endanger the peace and safety of their community.
“The success of the Philippine military in achieving peace relies largely on the trust and support of the people,” he said.