Thursday, August 3, 2017

Arms, bomb materials seized in raid-

From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 3): Arms, bomb materials seized in raid

Soldiers and police officers arrested early Thursday a man believed to be a sub-leader of communist New Peoples' Army (NPA) and seized firearms and components for bomb making.

Colonel Roberto Angcan, 1002nd Brigade commanding officer, identified the NPA leader as Commander Ariel Rebuta, of Purok 3, Barangay Biangan here.

The 1 a.m. raid was covered by search warrants, according to Angcan. It was joined by elements of 39th Infantry Battalion, PNP Public Safety Battalion and Makilala PNP.

Recovered from Rebuta's house were three M-16 Armalite rifles, powder believed to be ammonium nitrate, electrical cords, seven mobile phones and 1,500 pieces of ammunition for various calibers.

According to Angcan, Rebuta has been placed under Army surveillance after intelligence information showed that he was keeping high-powered guns in his home.

After the intelligence information was verified and counter-checked, the operation was conducted.

Angcan said the presence of bomb making ingredients was an indication Rebuta and his group were planning to set off improvised bombs against companies and businesses that ignored their demands for revolutionary taxes.

Now detained at Makilala PNP lock-up cell, Rebuta is facing charges for violation of Republic Act 10591 or illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

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