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By DPAO, 8th Infantry Division, PA
July 28, 2010

CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City, Samar  –  A single tip from a civilian conversant to the terrorist New People’s Army (NPA) activities brought out to the recovery of a high powered firearm in Brgy. Anagasi, Paranas, Samar, July 25.

Report reaching to this headquarters from the Army’s 34th Infantry Battalion disclosed that 1Lt. Jewelry Servinas received a report that some armed men were frequently seen loitering in the outskirts of said barangay that causes fear and uneasiness to the localities.

Around 9 o’clock in the morning when troops under 1Lt. Servinas searched the area directly pointed out and identified by the tipster who happened to be t he same person who saw the armed men actually.

The tipster led Servinas’ troops to a farm hut where they recovered an M16 rifle with magazines loaded with 19 live munitions. Also seen in the area are two (2) back packs containing civilian clothes and two (2) poncho or military rain coats.

Moreover, same tipster led the troops to a place about one (1) kilometer away from the place where they discovered an m16 rifle.

It was almost 2:30 in the afternoon of their continuous search when one (1) upper receiver part of an M16 and two (2) empty magazines for M14 came into open.  Accordingly, the enemy might dismantle their rifles in order to avoid the complete recovery of the government forces.

With these results, Major General Arthur I. Tabaquero, commander of 8th Infantry Division ordered all his unit commanders to intensify the security operations in order to neutralize the remnants of the bandits operating in the area in expense of the innocent people.

He further conveyed his heartfelt regards for the continuous support extended by the civilians who shows concerns for the lasting peace and development of the region.

“The success of this operation is attributed to our people whom we are mandated to serve.  This is a unified accomplishment of both Army and civilian who both desire to attain peace and subsequently development in this part of the land.  Our people deserve to be congratulated for a job very well done,” he uttered.

“The recovered firearm means a lot to our aspirations to indulge peace for we’ve already avoided the supposed lives that could be taken using such fire arms.  In the part of the Army, that is a win-win result. Win in the part of the Army, win in the part of our people”, the good general added.