SECURITY troops early morning yesterday captured four suspected New People’s Army guerrillas operating in Socksargen region during a counter-insurgency operation in Maitum, Sarangani, Police Regional Office 12 director, Brigadier General Alfred S. Corpus said.
In a report to Philippine National Police chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde, the official said that one of the suspects identified as Nicanor Claro Pason alias ‘Commander Yoyong/Costan’ was shot in the left thigh by one officer when he drew a hand grenade and tried to lob it at the lawmen.
The 51-year old resident of Barangay Kablacan in Maasim, Sarangani was taken to the Maitum Emergency Hospital for treatment under police guard.
Corpus identified the other arrested suspected NPA rebels as Bernard Presbetero alias ‘Commander Aldrin/Patong,’47, a resident of Miana Subdivision in Polomolok, South Cotabato; and Josephine Sumagaysay,53; and Reynaldo Loyola,47, both residents of Purok 5, Bgy. Zion in Maitum municipality.
The four were described as members of the CPP/NPA’s Field Southern Mindanao Regional Committee’s Guerrilla Front 53.
The PRO12 director said the suspects were arrested at 5:30 a.m. yesterday by intelligence agents from the PRO12 Regional Mobile Force Battalion 12, the Maitum Municipal Police Station and the Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion.
All are now undergoing investigation by the Maitum police.
Corpus also announced the surrender of Ramel Baltukan Matagal alias ‘Ka Alas,’ a team leader of the NPA’s FSMR Guerrilla Front 71 to police and military authorities in Sarangani at 6 a.m. Wednesday.
He said that the confessed rebel also turned over to the Sarangani PPO one Colt M-16 automatic rifle with serial no. 4523310 and one M-203 grenade launcher with serial no. 256637.
“He surrendered following negotiations with the police. According to him, he is already tired of their hard life in the mountains and is fearing for his life due to the ongoing massive military and police offensive against the rebels in the region,” Corpus said.
The records of the two high-powered weapons are already being checked by the police with the Firearms and Explosives Office of the Philippine National Police, said Corpus.