2 NPA men nabbed in Surigao clash

SECURITY forces arrested two suspected members of the New People's Army (NPA) following an encounter in Barangay Diatagon in Lianga town, Surigao del Sur on Friday morning.

Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) public information officer Ezra Balagtey, identified the two rebels as NPA leader Robert Laurente Rivas Jr. and Jojean Alameda.

Members of the 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion and Lianga Municipal Police Station nabbed Rivas and Alameda at a checkpoint in Diatagon around 9 a.m.

"The two, on board a motorcycle driven by Alameda, were on their way to lay a landmine in the area when they were stopped by the troops for inspection," Balagtey said.

Recovered from the possession of the two rebels were improvised explosive device (IED), one caliber .38 revolver, one blasting cap, 27-meter firing wire, cellular phone, two battery packs and P520.

After the two rebels were arrested, Balagtey said, a 10-minute firefight ensued between the government troops and NPA rebels in Barangay Capitan Angel in Malaybalay City in Bukidnon.

Balagtey said no one was reported hurt on the incident.
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