CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – Military authorities here have noted the rise of civilian residents who are sending reliable intelligence report about the communist terrorist rebels, a military official said.
LtCol Ernesto Cruz, Commander of the 42nd Infantry Battalion based in Tigaon town, Camarines Sur, claimed that most of his notable accomplishments are attributed to the invaluable help of the civilian residents in his area of responsibility.
Cruz made the statement following the recovery of a Cal 7.62mm M14 Assault Rifle and several rounds of live ammunitions from the rebel’s hiding place in Kamuning village, Calabanga town at around 11:30 pm last night (Tuesday).
The local tipster have accurately described the burial place where the firearm of a notorious NPA member was being kept.
Cruz said he sent only 4 soldiers to unearth the said firearm without hurting anyone.
“I am quite grateful that many civilian friends are helping us confront the NPA rebels who are becoming a menace to them. As you can see, I have arrested 3 rebels without any firefight, and, a few days ago, I have averted the landmine ambush against my soldiers through the help of a local resident,” said Cruz.
The 42nd Infantry Battalion has so far confiscated 4 high-powered firearms through the effective reporting by the civilians in the province.
Major General Ruperto Pabustan, Commander of the 9th Infantry Division, had commended the troops for their series of accomplishments in the recent days.
A local tipster was also credited for the recovery of 12 high-powered firearms in Lupi town about a month ago.
“I would like to personally convey my heartfelt appreciation for your relentless efforts to win this campaign by resorting to peaceful means in neutralizing the enemy. Your successful involvement of the local residents must be the model for other units to follow,” Pabustan said in his short message during his field visit to 42IB camp yesterday 3:00pm.