PUERTO PRINCESA CITY--Crack teams from the Philippine Navy captured 3 NPA bandits and seize high-powered firearms in an early morning raid today.
Receiving a tip-off from concerned residents, members of the elite Navy Seals stealthily carried out the attack against the bandits led by Dionisio Almonte a.k.a. Maeng and 4 other cohorts in South Naonao, Port Barton, San Vicente town, Palawan at around 7:00 am.
The troops were able to surprise the unsuspecting bandits, forcing the latter to surrender without a fight.
They were able to seize a Cal. 50 Barrett Sniper Rifle and a Cal .50 Heavy Machinegun, as well as 2 drums containing improvised bombs.
Another group of Marine troopers reinforced the Navy Seals and helped in scouring the place for hidden weapons.
At around noon, the troops unearthed an arms cache containing assorted weapons and explosives.
They were able to confiscate 5 high-powered firearms and 9 low-powered firearms from the bandits.
The bandits were believed responsible for the recent attacks against policemen and local traders in the province.