From Tempo (Feb 15): Another NPA official falls
Intensified security operations by troops under the Armed Forces of the Philippines Eastern Mindanao Command have resulted in the arrest of another ranking leader of the New People’s Army, a military spokesman said.
Major Ezra Balagtey, Eastmincom spokesperson, said the arrest of Robert Laurente Rivas Jr., alias “Opos,” allegedly an NPA vice commander, and one Jojea Alameda also prevented the communist armed group from staging atrocities on Friday the 13th.
Balagtey said soldiers from the 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion and elements of the Lianga Police Station arrested them in a checkpoint in Barangay Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur on Thursday.
The two were reportedly “on their way to lay land mine in the area.”
Balagtey said Rivas and Alameda were on board a motorcycle when they were stopped by the troops for inspection.
Recovered from their possession were one anti-personnel improvised explosive device, one caliber .38 pistol, blasting cap, 27 meters firing wire for IED, one mobile phone, and two battery packs.