Raid of NPA safe house in Rizal nabs 8, yields high-powered firearms

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courtesy: 2ID Philippine Army

RIZAL, Philippines – Members of the Philippine Army’s (PA) 80th Infantry Battalion together with operatives from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) raided Coral Farm in Sitio Dalig in the municipality of Teresa on Tuesday (September 25) where authorities seized high-powered firearms.

The property, believed to be a safe house of top New People’s Army (NPA) leaders in the area, had been under military surveillance in recent months.

The NPA leaders who were said to be frequent visitors of the farm are Armando Lazarte alias Pat/Romano, the 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.

According to 202nd Infantry Brigade Commander BGen. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. the success of the operation meant that the authorities thwarted another “Red October” movement that aimed at destabilizing the government by ousting President Rodrigo Duterte.

“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 waiting for an opportunity to execute their plans,” the General said.

Recovered from the raid were four M653 (baby Armalite) rifles; one M203 Grenade Launcher; five U.S. made 12-gauge shotguns; one caliber .45 pistol; one caliber .38 revolver; one 9mm KG3 machine pistol; six units of two-way radios; two grenades; eight cellphones; enemy documents and numerous war materiel as well as weapon system accessories.

courtesy: 2ID Philippine Army

Eight personalities were nabbed from the operation including the owner of the farm, Ki Be E alias Lily Ong.

Lt. Col. Melencio Ragudo, Commander of the 80th Infantry Battalion said two of the M653s belonged to alias Bart and the other two, including the grenades, were owned by alias Pat, citing testimony from one of the apprehended persons.

courtesy: 2ID Philippine Army

Major General Rhoderick  Parayno, Commander of the PA 2ID commended the team for the successful operations which “preempted the destabilization plot” and vowed to preserve the “Filipino people’s peaceful and democratic way of life by ensuring order across our area of responsibility.” — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Jennica Cruz)

 

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