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Army to probe source of rebel ammo

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The Philippine Army is probing the source of almost 2,000 rounds of live ammunition recovered from an abandoned rebel camp in Himamaylan City.* 94IB photo

The Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade tasked its Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit to trace the origin of about 2,000 live 7.62mm ammunition, which was among the war materials recovered by 94th Infantry Battalion soldiers on September 22 at an abandoned camp of the New People’s Army in Sitio Double Yarding, Brgy. Mahalang, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental.

Brig. Gen. Inocencio Pasaporte, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, disclosed that he wants to know if there is pilferage of ammunition from any military unit. If there is, we will trace who issued it, and we will hold them liable, whoever they maybe.

Aside from the ammunition, which was placed in six ammunition boxes with markings which he did not elaborate upon, Pasaporte said the 94IB soldiers also retrieved eight anti-personnel mines and two anti-tank landmines, believed to be owned and hidden by remnants of the NPA Central Negros 2 unit.

The Army official said he is determined to unmask the source of ammunition that fell into the hands of the communist terrorist group.

Anti-personnel mines are designed against human targets to injure or kill the victims, and are capable of damaging light and heavy vehicles. On the other hand, the antitank mines are designed to destroy or damage heavy vehicles, including tanks and armored personnel carriers.*

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