From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 20): Police file charges vs rebel captured in clash
The police on Thursday announced criminal charges have been filed against a captured New People’s Army rebel in the province of Zamboanga del Norte.
Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) identified the captured NPA rebel as Joy Andang Talip, 32, a resident of Sitio Kalawit, Barangay Tinaplan, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.
Police said the criminal charges filed against Talip, who doubles as a “habal-habal” driver, included murder and multiple frustrated murder.
The charges were filed on Tuesday before the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Dipolog City.
Government troops captured Talip during a clash on Sunday in Sitio Lubi, Barangay Tinaplan, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.
Two of Talip’s comrades were killed in the clash. On the government side, two soldiers died while 10 others were wounded.
The troops were detailed to secure a government road construction project linking the town of Leon Postigo, Zamboanga del Norte to the municipality of Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur.
On Tuesday, government troops manning a checkpoint intercepted two wounded persons believed to be companions of Talip in Barangay Tiogan, Leon Postigo, Zamboanga del Norte while being transported to the hospital by an ambulance of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
They were identified as Joseph Aradillos, 28, and Jun-Jun Anta, 18.