JTF-NCR, other security forces seize weapons cache in Quirino province

By Priam Nepomuceno

May 21, 2018, 3:10 pm

MANILA -- Troopers from the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) together with the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, 5th Infantry Division and Police Regional Office-2 successfully recovered eight high-powered firearms and assorted police and military uniforms during operations in Quirino last May 19.

In a press briefing Monday, Brig. Alan Arrojado, JTF-NCR head, said the captured weapons include two M-14 carbines, four M-16 automatic rifles, one M-653 "Baby Armalite" and the upper receiver of another M-16 rifle aside from assorted ammunition.

Also seized were 14 pairs of combat boots and 15 sets of Philippine National Police uniforms.

Arrojado said that all the items were captured during operations at Sitio Kalbo, Barangay Disimungal, Nagtipunan, Quirino.

Aside from the weapons and uniforms, supporting troops from the 5th Infantry Division's 86th Infantry Battalion also captured a rebel camp at the nearby Sitio Pulang Lupa after a short firefight.

The JTF-NCR chief said the location of the weapons and other military stores were provided by three former rebels who surrendered to him and NICA-National Capital Region Director Rufino C. Mendoza last May 16. (PNA)