Military recovers firearm, communist books, partylist campaign posters

Security & Defense

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command (WESCOM) has reported that operatives from the Joint Task Force Peacock recovered one 1 high powered firearm, assorted communist ideological books, and Bayan Muna and Kabataan partylists campaign materials during a joint intelligence operation in Barangay Culasian, Rizal, Palawan on May 3, 2019.

WESCOM photo

“Joint Task Force Peacock through the combined elements of the 18th Special Forces Company and JITG West conducted a joint intelligence operation that resulted to the recovery of one (1) .50 caliber “Barret Type” sniper rifle, 16 rounds of cal .50 ammunition, suppressor for M14 Rifle, assorted communist ideological books, dental paraphernalia and several assorted campaign posters of BAYAN MUNA and KABATAAN Party List Group,” WESCOM said.

WESCOM commander Vice Admiral Rene V. Medina  is urging the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to conduct an investigation regarding the recovery of campaign posters.

“We are calling the attention of the COMELEC to look into this matter, with the recovery of campaign posters of the BAYAN MUNA and KABATAAN Party List Group. Likewise, we continuously urge our local stakeholders for peace to sustain the cooperation that has been established through information sharing,” Vice Admiral Medina said.

“We also once more call on our fellow Filipinos who still hang on to the false hopes and deceptions peddled by the CPP-NPA to come out from hiding, lay down their arms, and surrender. They should take advantage of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Programs of the National Government and the LSIP of the Provincial Government which facilitates their smooth reintegration to mainstream society thru financial aid and other socioeconomic and psychological interventions,” he added.