2 suspected rebels nabbed in Sultan Kudarat

By Noel Punzalan

May 13, 2020, 7:00 pm

<p>Google map of Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat.</p>

Google map of Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat.

COTABATO CITY – Two suspected members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) were arrested in Kalamansig town of Sultan Kudarat province, police said on Wednesday.

Lt. Col. Lino Capellan, Police Regional Office -12 spokesperson, identified the suspects as Mew Makil, and Martin Dayao, both alleged members of the NPA Guerilla Force Musa operating in the area.

Acting on a tip, a police team proceeded to far-flung Sitio Tinagdanan, Barangay Hinalaan, Kalamansig, where the suspects were intercepted. The suspects yielded two improvised handguns.

“The suspects were also found out to have standing warrants of arrest for the crime of murder,” Capellan said.

Police said the suspects are involved in an armed encounter with militiamen at the border of Kalamansig and Lake Sebu in South Cotabato where government militiaman Joseph Permosil was killed on Dec. 28, 2001.

The suspects are undergoing tactical interrogation at the police’s Regional Intelligence Unit 12 in General Santos City, police said.

The NPA, together with the Communist Party of the Philippines, is listed as a terrorist organization by the governments of the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (PNA)