SEIZED MATERIALS. The war materiel and drug paraphernalia recovered by troopers of the Army's 90th Infantry Battalion from fleeing gunmen in Talitay, Maguindanao on Wednesday (May 15, 23019). Pursuit operations are ongoing against the lawless groups linked to quarreling local politicians. (Photo courtesy of 6th ID)
COTABATO CITY -- Army troopers belonging to the 90th Infantry Battalion (90IB) recovered war materiel left behind by armed lawless groups in Talitay, Maguindanao on Wednesday.
This came about as Maj. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, the commander of the 6th Infantry Division based in Maguindanao, lauded the military for not lowering their guards after the conduct of a peaceful election Monday.
“Albeit the successful elections on Monday, the 90IB still continued its mandate to ensure that the public is safe and could sleep soundly at night,” he said in a statement Thursday.
Sobejana made the remark after the 90IB stationed in Talitay recovered rifle grenades, drug paraphernalia and other war materiel from armed lawless elements believed to be identified with local politicians.
On Tuesday, alleged armed supporters belonging to the Sabal and Ameril political clans clashed in Barangay Kilalan, resulting in the evacuation of more than 200 villagers. No one was reported hurt in the incident.
Troopers from the 90IB responded to the incident and defused tension in the area.
During a subsequent clearing operation, however, soldiers found drug paraphernalia, empty shells for various ammunition, a bandolier, camouflage uniforms, two-way handheld radios, three 40 mm grenades, one rifle grenade explosive, and 23 pieces of .50-caliber machinegun ammunition in Barangay Kilalan on Wednesday afternoon.
“The clearing operation was part of the military operation against the presence of armed lawless groups in Talitay town, according to Lt. Col. Crizaldo Fernandez, the 90IB chief.
Fernandez vowed to pursue other lawless armed groups reported to have withdrawn in the interiors of Barangays Bentan and Manggay, also both in Talitay. (PNA)