La Trinidad, Benguet (July 21, 2021) — Kalinga policemen torched down another 183,500 fully-grown marijuana plants valued at P36,700,000 illicitly taken cared of by still unidentified growers at a mountainous enclave in Tinglayan, Kalinga Tuesday.
Cordillera police director Brig. Gen. Ronald Lee citing the Kalinga police said, the marijuana haul came from nine marijuana farms in two barangays. Operatives put ablaze a total of 107,500 marijuana plants over an estimated 600 square meter plantation reaching P21,500,000.00 from three different plantation sites in barangay Loccong, while operatives torched 76,000 marijuana plants worth P15,200,000.00 from six plantation sites with 6,700 square meter land in Barangay Butbut Proper.
Lee however said no one was again caught during the operation as behind the 9 illicit marijuana plantations.
Meanwhile, an arms cache tucked inside a cave was discovered by policemen and Philippine Army troopers in sitio Bagumbong, barangay Calafug, Conner, Apayao on Tuesday.
A tipster “spilled” the information about the arms cache hidden by NPA rebels under the Kilusang Larangang Gerilya “Baggas” under the Marcial Daggay Command of the CPP-NPA , added Brig. Gen. Lee.
A jute sack-full of war material containing two US Carbine caliber 30 M2 rifles; thirteen live ammunition for M203; eight M203 ammo cases; two bandoliers for Garand rifle; one bandolier for M203; eight cartridges-clip for Garand rifle; 29 live ammunitions for Carbine rifle; a magazine for carbine; 155 live ammunition for of Garand (7.62mm); 45 live ammunition for M14 (7.62mm); three live rifle grenades; three rifle grenade cases; a live 81mm mortar; a smoke grenade; 14 9mm specialized ammunition; a 9mm ammunition case; a small box of gun parts and accessories.
The seized firearms were turned over to Apayao provincial Crime Laboratory Office (PCLO) for ballistic examination while the explosives were turned over to Apayao provincial EOD/ Canine Unit (PECU).
Artemio A. Dumlao