Soldiers seize anew alleged NPA food supplies in Valencia

MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net/15 March 2018) Members of the 88th Infantry Battalion have seized another rice and assorted food supplies tagged to the New People’s Army (NPA) from a hinterland village in Valencia City on March 9.

Captain Norman Tagros, civil military operations officer of the 403rd Infantry Brigade based in Malaybalay City on March 13 said the supplies were kept in 26 containers.

He said soldiers excavated the containers containing rice supply estimated to be about nine sacks.

The 88th IB presented the recovered items to the media at its main camp in Maramag town on March 13.

Tagros said the items were recovered near Sitio Pantaron, Banlag, Valencia City at around 5:30 a.m.

The place is adjacent to Barangay Concepcion where the army recovered approximately 40 sacks of buried rice, assorted food items and medical supplies particularly at Sitio Bulacao on February 14.

2nd Lieutenant Sancho Tomaquin, civil military operations officer of the army’s 88th IB earlier said they believed the recovered items in Concepcion were extorted items from the civilians including local businessmen and government officials.

Tumaquin and Tagros said concerned citizens guided soldiers leading to the recovered items in Banlag.

Tagros said six assorted firearms were seized in Valencia City, San Fernando and Quezon towns through the conduct of Community Support Program and Focused Military Operations of the 88th IB and 403rd Brigade.

Lt. Col. Randy Remonte, commanding officer of the 88th IB, thanked the concerned citizens for giving information leading to the discovery of the supplies.

Remonte said the discovery makes it appearsthat there are still those who continue to aid the CPP-NPA, citing “local businessmen” and ” local officials”. But he did not name names.  (Mel B. Madera)