Wednesday, June 7, 2017

3 NPA members captured in Agusan del Sur

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 7): 3 NPA members captured in Agusan del Sur

Army troopers who were on foot patrol in a remote village of the Municipality of Veruela in Agusan del Sur captured on Tuesday three communist guerrillas who were carrying sacks loaded with firearms and ammunitions.

Soldiers belonging to the 26th Infantry Battalion took advantage of the situation and in no time collared the New People's Army (NPA) known as Bernie S. Perez alias Ariel, Joel S. Perez alias Jo and Nino S. Perez alias Onin.

Local police said Bernie S. Perez has a standing warrant of arrest for murder.

Recovered from the NPA combatants were two improvised explosive devices with blasting caps and wires, an M16 Armalite rifle, an M1 Garand rifle, a caliber 45 pistol, a caliber 38 revolver and several rounds of ammunitions, according to a military report of the incident.

Soldiers said they noticed that the sack being carried by one of the arrested NPA members revealed an outline of a rifle, prompting them to make the arrest, said Lt. Col Rommel Pagayon of the 26th IB in an incident report transmitted to Col Cristobal Zaragoza, commander of the Army’s the 401st Brigade.

Nino S. Perez attempted to flee but was captured in the ensuing pursuit operation, the military report said.

Major Gen. Benjamin Madrigal of the Fourth Infantry Division (4ID) congratulated the troops even as he exhorted them to be more vigilant of NPA activities.

Authorities have already filed criminal charges against the captured guerrillas.

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