ORMOC CITY, Philippines– Army troops of the 19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion, 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division while on security operations seized five high-powered firearms and explosives during an armed confrontation with New People’s Army rebels in Barangay Liberty, Ormoc City late in the afternoon of May 3.

According to Lt Col Nedy C. Espulgar, Commanding Officer of the 19th Infantry Battalion based in the area, his unit received information from a concerned citizen about the presence of heavily armed men at the aforementioned barangay.

Troops proceeded to the area and confirmed the presence of more or less ten NPA members at the outskirts of said barangay.

A five-minute firefight ensued between the government troops and the NPAs after which the latter withdrew towards different directions.

Troops immediately scoured the area and seized four M16A1 rifles, one M203 grenade launcher, several M16 magazines, 40mm ammunition, rifle grenades, an improvised explosive device and cell phones.

Assorted medical provisions, foodstuffs, NPA personal belongings and subversive documents were also found in the area.

There was no reported casualty on the government side while as of this time, still undetermined from the NPA side.

Major General Jet B. Velarmino, 8ID Commander, extended his appreciation to the residents of Brgy Liberty, Ormoc City for the timely information that resulted to the seizure of the NPA war materiel, and commended the troops for their accomplishment.

“I would like to commend the soldiers for their untiring effort in securing this province,” he said.

“Let us continue to affirm or reaffirm our respective roles and mandate to preserve and sustain the gains and pre-empt/prevent the resurgence of Local Terrorist Groups  and to continually exert efforts, cooperate, support and assist each other, along with other government agencies and instrumentalities, in preserving the peace and order in this part of the Region,” added Velarmino, thanking the support of the local government unit. PR

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