CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga—Police and military troopers stumbled upon a cache of explosives and other supplies that appeared to have been abandoned by communist rebels in a remote village in Gapan, Nueva Ecija over the weekend.
Police Col. Fritz Macariola, commander of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 3 (RMFB3), said the items were discovered by troops on combat patrol at the mountains of Gapan City.
“Our units tracked down the former NPA camp with the help of a rebel returnee who led us to the place,” said Macariola.
He said policemen and military from the 84th Infantry Battalion dug up 25 kilos of rice, four containers of gasoline, two pieces of nine volt batteries, 10 pieces of blasting caps, four electric blasting caps, a timing fuse, two pieces of toggle switch, a 60 mm mortar, and materials used to make improvised landmines.
The items were placed under the custody of the RMFB3 for safekeeping.
“Our campaign against insurgency will continue despite the threat of the coronavirus,” Macariola said.