Acting on an information received from a concerned citizen, troops of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion safely recovered three Anti-Personnel Mines in an abandoned “nipa” hut at Sitio Kabanalian, Barangay Ilian, Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat 3pm yesterday, May 7, 2019.
The responding troops of the 21st Mechanized Company, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion immediately coordinated with the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team to detonate the recovered explosives that weighed 29 kilograms each.
“The successful recovery of the Anti-Personnel Mines is attributed to the vigilance of the local residents in the area who continuously support the unit’s campaign against local terror groups that sow terror in the community,” said Lieutenant Colonel Alvin C. Iyog, Commanding Officer, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion.
Meanwhile, 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander Colonel Efren P. Baluyot said that this is another desperate move of the terror groups as their capability dwindles due to the neutralization of a number of their members, mostly were bomb makers, and the destruction of their bomb factory in the area. Their frustration is compounded by the surging number of concerned civilians supporting the anti-terrorism campaign of the unit.
“This success is a classic example of civil-military cooperation against terrorism. The public is enjoined to remain alert, vigilant and supportive to the authorities. I urge the civilian communities to immediately report suspicious individuals in their communities to thwart any form of terrorist-initiated violence and prompt reporting to authorities of suspicious items for that matter,” said Joint Task Force Central Commander Major General Cirilito E. Sobejana.
“Rest assured that our troops will intensify their combat and intelligence operations against the threat groups as we are advancing in our campaign against terrorism in our joint area of operations,” said Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega,WestMinCom commander.