Thursday, October 6, 2016

Suspected NPA rebel, 3 pals arrested in Sorsogon checkpoint
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 5 (PNA)--A suspected New People’s Army rebel and his three companions were arrested after evading a checkpoint put up by a joint team of policemen and soldiers in Magallanes, Sorsogon, said a report Wednesday that reached Camp Simeon Ola, headquarters of the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO5) here.

Senior Insp. Luisa Calubaquib, PRO5 spokesperson, said the four tried to flee and execute a U-turn at a checkpoint in Barangay (Village) Aguada Norte, Magallanes at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, but a blocking force of soldiers and policemen was able to stop them.

Seized from them were a .45-caliber pistol, two magazines loaded with eight live ammunitions and a hand grenade.

The operatives also found subversive documents from the backpack of the suspects and cash money of PHP304,255.

Calubaquib identified the NPA guerrilla as Edwin Dematera alias Dupax, 44. Police said he has a warrant of arrest for murder.

His companions were Amador Benzon, 26, Eduardo Lactao Jr., 29, and Den Adrian Dela Cruz, 44.

The blocking force was composed of policemen from the Magallanes Municipal Police Office, Provincial Public Safety Company, Provincial Intelligence Branch of Sorsogon Provincial Police Office and government troopers from the Army’s 31st Infantry Batallion.

Calubaquib said the police and soldiers received information that the suspects were travelling on board a tricycle from Juban town to the poblacion of Magallanes so they set up the checkpoint.

The four suspects, who are now under the custody of the Magallanes police, will face charges for violations of Republic Act 10591 or illegal possession of firearms and ammunitions and RA 9156 or illegal possession of explosives. (PNA) FPV/GVR/JH/CBD