Some insurgent documents and high-powered firearms were recovered by government troops in three Palawan towns, days after the surrender of a top-ranking New People’s Army (NPA) leader and seven other rebels.

In a statement released Saturday, the Public Affairs Office (PAO) of the Western Command (WESCOM) said its Joint Task Force Peacock (JTF Peacock) first recovered on November 4 a cal. 30 heavy machine gun in Barangay Caruray, San Vicente.

“The said firearm was hastily buried by the insurgents upon sensing that troops conducting focused military operations were approaching the area. The recovery was a success through the information provided by the residents,” the statement said.

On November 8, JTF Peacock also recovered two units of 12-gauge shotguns, two shotgun magazines, nine live ammunition for shotguns, and various subversive documents and ideology books in Brgy. Bono-Bono, Bataraza town, and Brgy. Pulot Interior in Sofronio Española.

“The convergence of efforts that is anchored on the effective implementation of Executive Order 70 or the Whole-of-Nation approach has resulted in the continued destruction of the communist-terrorist groups here in Palawan,” WESCOM commander Vice Adm. Rene Medina said in the statement.