Army and PNP
troopers recovers firearms in San Isidro, Leyte
DPAO, 8ID PA
May 14, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Joint troops of 78th Infantry (Warrior) Battalion, (78IB)
8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army and Quick
Reaction Team ( QRT) from Leyte Police Provincial Office (LPPO)
seized high powered firearms and several war materiel at Sitio
Sambalawan, Barangay Basod, San Isidro, Leyte on May 13, 2018 at 11:
35 in the morning.
According to Lt. Col.
Danilo I Dupiag, Commanding Officer of 78th Infantry Battalion,
while conducting ocular visit to his troops deployed in Isabel,
Leyte, he received a report that the Quick Reaction Team of 2nd
Company, Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) of Police Regional
Office VIII (PRO8) encountered undetermined number of unidentified
armed men believed to be members of Private Armed Groups (PAGs) at
Sitio Fortuna, Tabango, Leyte at 10 a.m. of May 13, 2018.
Troops of 78IB led by
Lieutenant Jonathan R. Mayono and QRT of Leyte Police Provincial
Office (LPPO) led by Police Senior Inspector Layug conducted joint
pursuit operations at Sitio Sambalawan, Barangay Basod, San Isidro,
Leyte. While tracking down the withdrawal route of said armed
groups, they recovered one 5.56mm M16 colt rifle with serial number
4852268, one caliber 45 colt commander pistol with serial number
55682, one caliber .357 pistol with defaced serial number, one
caliber .38 slub nose with defaced serial number, one improvised
homemade shotgun, two empty long magazine of M16 rifle, two pieces
live ammunition of 12-gauge shotgun, two loaded magazines of cal. 45
and several live ammunitions hidden under the bushes 30 meters away
from the Barangay.
Lt. Col. Dupiag turned
over the recovered firearms and other items to PI Gary Zaldy Ligutan,
COP, MPO, San Isidro, Leyte on 4:30 p.m. of the same day in the
presence of PCSupt. Gilberto DC Cruz, RD, PRO8 as part of the
evidence in the filing of the case.
Maj. Gen. Raul M Farnacio
AFP, Commander, 8ID expressed his appreciation to the operating
troops of 78IB and PRO8 for their dedication and commitment in
safeguarding the communities against Private Armed Groups while
executing security preparations for the purpose of ensuring free,
orderly, peaceful and credible conduct of 2018 Barangay and
Sanguniang Kabataan Elections.