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High-powered guns, war materiel retrieved after NPA clash – AFP

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High powered guns and other war materiel were recovered by the Philippine Army after an encounter with suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Asipulo, Ifugao.

Army Capt. Karol Jay Mendoza Jr., 54th Infantry Battalion (IB) civil-military operations chief, said that the firefight came after another encounter between the government troops and the NPA rebels in Barangay Namal.

He added that the alleged communist rebels belong to the Guerrilla Front-Abra-Mt. Province- Ilocos Sur. Retrieved from the site of the firefight were two M-16 Armalite rifles, an M-653 baby Armalite rifle, a rifle grenade, two hand grenades, six anti-personnel landmines, and other war materials.

“The use of anti-personnel landmines by the rebels is a clear violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CAHR-IHL), which prohibits any land mines in warfare,” Lt. Col. Franz Josef Diamante, 54th IB commander, said

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