Soldiers seize guns from abandoned NPA hideout in SoCot

By Priam Nepomuceno

NPA REPAIR. Soldiers seize weapons and equipment from an abandoned New People’s Army hideout in Sitio Demamis, Barangay Lacunon, T’boli, South Cotabato, Saturday, June 8, 2024. The Western Mindanao Command said Monday, June 10 that the hideout was reportedly abandoned by members of the NPA under the leadership of a leader identified as alias “Macmac”. (Photo courtesy of Wesmincom)

MANILA – Government forces seized various weapons and materials from an abandoned New People’s Army (NPA) hideout in a remote area of ​​South Cotabato province.

Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) chief Lt. Gen. William Gonzales said in a press release on Monday that soldiers from the 5th Special Forces Battalion discovered the NPA hideout during patrol operations in Sitio Demamis , Barangay Lacunon, T’boli Town on June 8. .

Gonzales said the hideout was believed to have been abandoned by rebels led by a leader identified as “Macmac”, the target of the recent series of operations carried out by the 1st Mechanized Brigade.

Recovered from the den were an M-16 rifle, an M-16 magazine, a firing pin, a trigger mechanism, three cell phones, two jungle hammocks, three ponchos, a bandolier, medical equipment and binoculars.

Pursuit operations are currently underway. (ANP)