High powered guns, ammunition discovered in Ilocos Sur

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An arms cache believed to be owned by a communist rebel group was discovered and seized by the local military in Santiago, Ilocos Sur.

On Wednesday, July 6, Lt. Col. Elmar Salvador, Nolcom Public Information Office chief, said that the 71st Infantry Battalion (71IB) under the Joint Task Group (JTG) Defender discovered a CTG arms cache in the vicinity of Sitio Ramut, Barangay Salincub in Santiago town, Ilocos Sur last Sunday.

According to the AFP, an M16 rifle, eight magazines (5-long and 3-short), 140 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition, and a bandolier were retrieved from the location.

“A former leader of the terror group Weakened Guerilla Front Ampis which operates in the areas of Abra, Mountain Province and Ilocos Sur tipped the troops of the whereabouts of the said arms cache,” Lt. Gen. Ernesto Torres Jr., Nolcom commander reported.

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