CAMP Brig. General Mateo Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal -- Joint elements of the Army’s 80th Infantry Battalion and the National Bureau of Investigation recovered high-powered firearms in Teresa, Rizal, Tuesday after serving a search warrant in a farm that is believed to be a safehouse of top NPA leaders in Southern Tagalog.
According to Brig. Gen. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr., commander of the 202nd Infantry Brigade, the government troops and agents served the warrant which was issued after months of intelligence operations against Armando Lazarte, alias Pat/Romano, secretary of the NPA’s Sub-Regional Military Area 4A, and Tirso Alcantara, alias Bart, the former commander of the NPA Terrorists’ Regional Yunit Guerilla.
“The presence of top NPA leaders and the proximity of Teresa town to Manila are indicators that the threat of “Red October” cannot be downplayed and that the plotters are just awaiting for an opportunity to execute their plans,” said Burgos.
He added, “We will remain proactive in addressing any form of threats within our jurisdiction since our primary mandate is to be the vanguards of the national government’s southern frontier.”
Lt. Col. Melencio Ragudo, commander of the 80th IB, said joint operations with the NBI at Coral Farmin Sitio Dalig resulted in the recovery of four Baby Armalite rifles, an M203 grenade launcher, five 12-gauge shotguns, a caliber .45 pistol, a cal. .38 revolver, a 9mm machine pistol, six units of two-way radios, two grenades, eight cellphones, enemy documents and numerous war materiel as well as weapon system accessories.
He added that the owner of the six-hectare farm, Ki Be E, alias Lily Ong, was among the eight personalities apprehended by the government forces.
One of the apprehended personalities revealed to authorities that two of the armalites belong to alias Bart while the other two, including the grenades, were owned by alias Pat/Romano. The person also confirmed that the two NPA leaders were regular visitors of Coral Farm.
Maj. Gen. Rhoderick Parayno, commander of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division, congratulated the troops and agents for the successful operations which preempted the destabilization plot.