CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur, July 03 (PIA) -- A large quantity of explosives composed of 761 TNT tubes, 400 meters detonating cords and several materials believed to be used by the CTG for their propaganda dissemination were all found by the combined forces from 96th Infantry Battalion (96IB) and Camarines Norte Police Provincial Office in Labo, Camarines Norte, June 29, Monday.
The government troopers were able to find out the location of the incendiary or the stockpile of explosive devices and other CTG's propaganda materials through a tip-off from concerned residents in the area.
The authorities made use of the said piece of information and immediately coordinated with their counterparts to take hold and secure the devices.
The gesture of the community was praised by Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) under MGEN. Henry A Robinson, also the 9ID Commander who extended his gratitude to the concerned citizens who provided the information. He also commended the government troops for their immediate action that led to the subsequent seizure of the aforesaid CTG explosives and propaganda materials.
"Kung hindi dahil sa sumbong ng mga tao at sa agad-agarang pagresponde ng ating mga kasamahan; ang mga explosives at detonating cords na kasangkapan para gumawa ng anti-personnel mines ay hindi sana nakuha mula sa kamay ng mga terroristang NPA. Pwede pa sana nilang magamit ang mga 'to sa paghahasik ng mga terroristic acts sa Camarines Norte at sa buong Bicol region," MGen. Robinson said.
The same incident also took place in Sorsogon on June 27 when high-caliber firearms were also recovered by government troops.
In a press statement, CPT John Paul Belleza, 9ID Division Public Affairs Office (DPAO) Spokesperson, cited the assurance made by the JTFB.
"JTFB assures the Bicolanos that its campaign against the CTG will never stop until such time that these terrorist group become irrelevant and will cease to exist. MGen Robinson also reminded peace-loving Bicolanos to press on with the fight in the furtherance of peace and development in the region."
"Wala pong imposible basta magtutulungan tayo. Let us fight insurgency together and help those victims of NPA atrocities in the dispensation of justice. Subalit hindi pa rin po natin ipagdadamot sa ating mga kapatid na NPA ang pagkakataong mabuhay ng mapayapa kasama ng kani-kanilang mahal sa buhay," MGen. Robinson added. (LSMacatangay, with reports from CPTJPBelleza, DPAO-PA/ PIAV-Camarines Sur)