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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, April 3, 2019
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NPA leader, 2 others nabbed


Another ranking leader of the New People’s Army and his two companions were arrested Monday night by the military and police at Sitio Amian llawod in Brgy. Tampalon, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

The capture of Abraham Villanueva, alias Tikboy and Gamay, who is the secretary of the NPA South West Front, also known as the Armando Sumayang Command, was followed by an encounter yesterday in the same place, that yielded war materials.

Villanueva has pending arrest warrants for arson and frustrated murder, Arevalo said.

Also captured were Rona Magbanua, alias CheChe, 18 of Brgy. Asia, Hinobaan, and Jomar Vilarojo, alias Tiny, 28, of Brgy. Camansi, Kabankalan City.

Brig. Gen. Benedict Arevalo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said yesterday that Villanueva and his two companions, were wearing black NPA sweat shirts printed with PKP (Partido Komunistang Pilipinas) @50 and black jogging pants, when they were captured.

The arrest of Villanueva and his companions, that was made through information relayed to the 15IB, 604th Regional Mobile Force Company and the Kabankalan police by concerned residents, also yielded a.45 caliber pistol with a magazine containing five ammunition and three fragmentation grenades, Arevalo said.

Magbanua served as finance and logistic officer of South West Front platoon 1, where Villarojo also served as a red fighter, Lt. Col. Patricio Tomales,15IB commander, said.

The continued combat operations in the area by 15IB and 604th RMF Company also led to an encounterwith about 20 NPA rebels believed to be the companions of Villanueva, yesterday morning.

After an almost 20-minute gunbattle, the rebels scampered in various directions, leaving behind an M-16 rifle with a magazine containing 20 live ammunition, 175 rounds of a M-60 machine gun link, 21 ammunition for an AK-47 assault rifle, two cellular phones, a Smart phone, tablet with charger, netbook, storage device for a laptop, transistor radio, Pentax binoculars, a medical kit, blood pressure apparatus, and subversive documents.

The arrest of Villanueva came more than a week after Communist rebel leader Frank Fernandez, secretary of the Komiteng Rehiyonal-Negros/Cebu/Bohol/Siquijor, and his wife and deputy, Cleofe Lagtapon, were arrested in Laguna.*


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