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Soldiers Discover Illegal Dried Plant Drugs in the Hideout of NPA in Iloilo

Philippine soldiers recovered illegal dried plant drugs called “Maryjane” at the hideout of NPA rebels in Iloilo Province, Tuesday.

In a report of Manila Bulletin, soldiers from the 61st Infantry Battallion (61st IB) has recover a pack of dried Maryjane from the hideout of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Leon Town, Iloilo Province.

Illegal Drugs at NPA Hideout
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According to 61st IB Commander Lt. Col. Joel Benedict Batara, the illegal plant drugs were discovered after the government troops clashed with the 30 NPA members on Tuesday in Danao village.

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Based on the report, the army commander believed that the recovered illegal drugs were being used to recruit minors to join their armed group who launches rebellion against the government.

“They are not only recruiting minors, but also influencing them to engage into illegal drug use,” said Batara.

Government troops also recovered homemade M79 with 12 rounds of ammunition, a hand grenade, an improvised landmine with 50 meters of detonating cord, assorted ammunition, mobile phones, laptop, and other gadgets.

The discovery of the hidden plant drugs came days after 61st IB soldiers fought with the NPA’s Southern Panay Front Committee in a nearby village, which is a tourist destination called “Little Baguio of Iloilo”.

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