GOVERNMENT troops captured a communist rebel and confiscated the insurgent’s two firearms during an operation in T’boli town, South Cotabato, the Philippine Army (PA) said Tuesday.

Lt. Col. Zandro Alvez, PA 5th Special Forces Battalion commander, said an M16 rifle and a caliber.38 revolver were seized from alias Bambam, a member of Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) under the Guerilla Front Musa, at his safe house in Laconon village of the same town Monday afternoon.

“It was good that civilians are helping the military locate the communist rebels in South Cotabato. It was successful because of the cooperation of our informants,” Alvez said.

Brig. Gen. Pedro Balisi Jr., PA 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade chief, said the troops are still conducting operations against the communist rebels in the area.

“Our operations against the CPP-NPAs in Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato and Sarangani provinces will continue and without let up,” Balisi said.

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The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Philippines.

The National Democratic Front was formally tagged as a terrorist organization by the Anti-Terrorism Council on June 23, 2021, citing it as “an integral and inseparable part” of the CPP-NPA.

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