Friday, June 9, 2017

3 NPA rebels nabbed in North Cotabato

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 9): 3 NPA rebels nabbed in North Cotabato

KIDAPAWAN CITY - Joint elements of Cotabato Police provincial Office and the Army’s 39th Infantry Battalion arrested three suspected members of the New People's Army (NPA) in Barangay San Isidro here Friday dawn.

Lt. Col Harold Argamosa, 39th IB commander, identified the suspects as Joy Ortiz, 19; Christian Jan Balatero, 21; and Rudy Antiola, 57.

Authorities also seized a grenade, cash and subversive documents from the trio.

According to Argamosa, they received information that there were three suspected NPA members temporarily taking shelter in a house owned by a certain Evelyn Badol.

Badol denied they were NPAs but could not explain why they were accommodated in her home in Purok 5, Barangay San Isidro.

The suspects are now temporarily detained in the PNP’s lock-up cell and set to undergo interrogation while charges are being prepared.

It was the first arrest made by the military since the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao.

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