Troopers from the 403rd Infantry Brigade and local police on Sunday arrested one of the suspects involved in the ambush of Gingoog City Mayor Ruthie Guingona last April.
This resulted in the wounding of Guingona and death of her two escorts.
Capt. Christian Uy, acting 4th Infantry Division spokesperson, identified the arrested suspect as Joel Yagaoalias "Jhong."
He was nabbed with the help of the PNP Villanueva, Misamis Oriental policemen under Insp. Rogelio R. Labor Jr.
Uy said the suspect was arrested around Sunday noon.
Yagao was positively identified by a rebel returnee, a liaison officer of Guerilla 4B, North Central Mindanao Committee, which is the same group who admitted to planning and conducting the ambush.
More suspects are expected to be apprehended since more witnesses are submitting affidavits and voluntarily giving relevant information for justice and peace in
Col. Francisco L. Pabayo, 403rd Infantry Brigade commander, said: “We will continue to support the PNP in capturing these criminals and encourage terrorists to surrender and return back into the folds of the government.”
Brig. Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya, 4th Infantry Division commander, thanked the civilians who supported the government by giving relevant information on the activities of rebels.
“Rest assured that your efforts will not be put into vain, this is the real essence of 'Bayanihan',” he added.