Two alleged ranking leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines- New People's Army were captured yesterday by operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, assisted by the Philippine Army, in Brgy. 1 Poblacion, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.
Col. Eliezer Losañes, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said last night that the arrest of the two ranking CPP-NPA personalities yielded a .45 caliber pistol with a magazine loaded with five live ammunition and a fragmentation grenade.
Nabbed were Louie Antonio Martinez, alias Louie, who ranked number four in the National Military Staff of the CPP-NPA national hierarchy, and Aurora Cayon,alias Lilay, said to be a member of the National Finance Commission of the revolutionary movement, Losañes said.
Losañes said Cayon has a pending arrestwarrant for robbery with violence, or intimidation of a person, as well as arson, while Martinez is facing murder and multiple attempted murder charges.
The two arrested suspects are now under the custody of the CIDG in Bacolod City for proper disposition.
But one of the arrested suspects was reported yesterday as a member of Kilusang Magbubukid sa Pilipinas.
The 3rd Infantry Division announced earlier that concerned Negrenses are offering cash rewards for the capture of NPA combatants in Negros.
Losañes said the two arrested suspected CPP-NPA personalities are facing additional charges for illegal possession of firearms and explosives.* GPB
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