A SUSPECTED member of the New People’s Army (NPA) was arrested following the encounter between troopers of the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Special Action Force (SAF) and rebels in Candoni, Negros Occidental, over the weekend.
Captain Ruel Llanes, civil-military operations officer of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, said on Monday that Mercedita Flores Villaniba was collared by police at her house in Barangay Gatuslao.
Her arrest came after the police received information that the reinforcement of suspected rebels, who engaged in a firefight with the SAF dropped by at Villaniba’s house to have coffee.
On September 8, the SAF and the Philippine Army conducted internal security operations in the village after receiving information about armed men sightings.
The following day, while the operation was ongoing, armed men fired at government forces that injured a policeman.
Government forces recovered two long firearms, medicine kits, subversive documents, and personal belongings.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on September 12, 2017.
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