The rebels carted away five M16 rifles, one caliber .45 pistol, and two 9mm pistols.
The 602nd Infantry Brigade in Carmen, North Cotabato was ordered by higher headquarters to take offensive actions against the raiders together with PNP stations in the province and in neighboring Bukidnon and Davao City.
The 26th Infantry Battalion in particular was tasked to conduct checkpoints along the highway in Mlang, Tulunan and Carmen which the rebels might use as exit points.
Bukidnon shares a boundary with North Cotabato.
“We have been on alert since elections. We were expecting such attack. We just don’t know where. Now it happened in Bukidnon which is outside our AOR (area of responsibility). But we have intensified monitoring just in case the suspects enter our AOR,” Col. Pedro Soria, 602nd Brigade commander, said. (Malu Cadelina Manar/MindaNews)