TWO suspected members of the New People’s Army who were in possession of a firearm, a grenade and an improvised explosive device were arrested by the police inside a house in Jones, Isabela on Monday noon, the operation triggered by stepped-up security measures in the town which has been declared as an election hot spot by the Commission on Elections, Police Regional Office 2 director, Brigadier General Jose Mario M. Espino announced yesterday.
The two suspects were identified as Solomon John Escopete alias ‘Dian/Nin,’ a 33-year old political organizer of the rebel movement and Danilo Estores alias ‘RJ,’33, a member of the NPAs Central Front operating in Isabela province.
According to Espino, the two were arrested inside a house in Sitio Diarao Baba in Barangay Dicamay 2 in Jones municipality at 12 noon Monday by the local police who got a tip from an informant regarding the presence of the duo who were cleaning a firearm and holding a suspected IED in the area.
Espino said that acting on the information, members of the Jones Municipal Police Station sought the assistance of the Army’s 86th Infantry Battalion and the 2nd Isabela Provincial Mobile Force Company in conducting the operation to arrest the suspects.
The official said that officers who barged inside the house caught the suspects in possession of a hand grenade with improvised shrapnel, an IED and a caliber .38 revolver as well as a sling bag containing five mobile phones, a Samsung tablet, notebooks, three flash drives, one memory card and other material evidence that will prove the suspects’ involvement with the communist movement.
Espino said that during questioning, the two confessed they are members of the NPA’s Benito Tesorio Command. Both were taken to the Jones police station along with the confiscated pieces of evidence.