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Soldiers Capture NPA Rebel, Seize Weapons and Explosives

Soldiers from the Army’s 25th Infantry Battalion arrested on Sunday a member of the New People’s Army (NPA) and seized a cache of weapons and explosives from the captured rebel.

According to SecurityMatters sources, Eugenio Piamonte alias Nestor was apprehended inside his hideout in Barangay Casoon, Monkayo town in Compostela Valley in the afternoon of April 26.

Seized from the insurgent’s hideout were one M16 rifle, 11 unexploded improvised explosive devices (IEDs), 10 pairs of police uniform, 10 pairs of Army uniform with 25th IB patches, eight pieces of 40mm ammunition, one tripod for M79 grenade launcher, linked machine gun ammunition, and a flare.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Michelle Anayron, commander of 25th IB, told reporters in Davao City that Piamonte has disclosed the location of other firearms hidden by the rebels.

Anayron said the Army recovered an additional M16 rifle, M14 rifle, and two Garand rifles.

The NPA has not released a statement on Piamonte’s capture.