Army seizes marijuana at NPA hideout in Iloilo
ILOILO CITY – Soldiers from the 61st Infantry Battalion (61st IB) were able to recover dried marijuana from a hideout of the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Leon town, Iloilo province, on Tuesday, January 26.
According to 61st IB Commander Lt. Col. Joel Benedict Batara, the pack of marijuana was discovered after government troops clashed with 30 NPA rebels on Tuesday, January 26, in Danao village.
The army commander said he believed that the illegal drugs were being used by the NPA to recruit minors to join their armed movement against the government.
“They are not only recruiting minors, but also influencing them to engage into illegal drug use,” added Batara.
Also recovered from the NPA’s hideout were a homemade M79 with 12 rounds of ammunition, a hand grenade, an improvised landmine with 50 meters of detonating cord, assorted ammunition, mobile phones, a laptop, and other gadgets.
The discovery of the marijuana stash came days after 61st IB soldiers also clashed with the NPA’s Southern Panay Front Committee in a neighboring village, which is a tourist destination dubbed as the “Little Baguio of Iloilo”.
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