From GMA News (May 12): NPA commander arrested in Ozamiz City
A high-ranking New People's Army leader in Western Mindanao was arrested in Barangay Gango, Ozamiz City in Misamis Occidental on Thursday, the military said.
The military said the combined troops of the 102nd Infantry Brigade of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army, and the Philippine National Police (PNP) of Ozamiz City arrested Rommel Salinas.
Salinas is allegedly the secretary of SECOM Sendong, Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee.
He was arrested based on five warrants of arrest for several crimes such as destructive arson, murder, frustrated murder, attempted murder, and robbery in band.
Salinas with three companions at the time of his arrest, Bishop Carlo Morales of the Aglipayan Church and his wife Maria Teofifina Morales, and their driver Sadome Dalid. They were on board a maroon Starex with plate number 151010.
The military said a hand grenade and personal belongings were recovered from Salinas.
The NPA in Zamboanga peninsula and nearby provinces, according to Philippine Army 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division commander Brig. Gen. Rolando Joselito D Bautista, were allegedly involved in numerous atrocities nationwide especially in Mindanao particularly arson, extortion, killings, and abduction.
"Best coordination work from the community, LGU (local government unit), PNP, and the Army led to the capture of one of the highest ranking CPP-NPA (Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA) leader in Western Mindanao," he said.