A SUSPECTED New People's Army (NPA) rebel was arrested on Tuesday, January 14, in Surigao City.
Police identified the suspect as Ruel Resma, 30, a construction worker and resident of barangay Bonifacio, Surigao City.
Police said Resma is a member of the Militia ng Bayan under Guerilla Front Committee (GFC) 16, NorthEastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC).
Surigao City Police together with operatives of 30th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army conducted operation in Km. 5, National Highway, Barangay Luna, Surigao City which led to the suspect's arrest.
Recovered from his possession was an improvised explosive device.
Police said Resma was one of the suspects of a robbery incident that transpired last January 5, 2018 in Sitio Banahaw, Barangay Sabang, Surigao City, along with two other suspects who were caught during hot pursuit operation.
Resma was arrested by virtue of a Warrant of Arrest dated February 5, 2018 issued by Jacqueline J. Ongpauco-Cortel of RTC 10th Judicial Region, Branch 29, Surigao City for the crime of Robbery under Criminal Case Number 13569 with recommended bail of Php 100,000.00.
“PNP Caraga will remain true to its mandate which is to serve and protect. In doing so, we need the support and cooperation of the community in reporting the presence of lawless elements and criminals in their place,” Police Regional Office-Caraga regional director Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel, Jr said.