WANTED NPA REBEL. The Agusan del Norte Police Provincial Office reports Friday (Jan. 27, 2023) the arrest of Amit Hurod, a New People's Army fighter involved in an attack that killed four government troopers in 2021 in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte. Two other NPA insurgents were also arrested on Thursday in separate police operations conducted in Surigao del Sur and Butuan City. (Photo courtesy of ADNPPO)

BUTUAN CITY – Three New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were arrested in separate police operations conducted in Agusan del Norte, Butuan City and Surigao del Sur on Thursday.

The arrested NPA insurgents are all wanted for murder charges with arrest warrants issued by the local courts, police said.

In a statement Friday, Agusan del Norte Police Provincial Office (ADNPPO) chief Col. Filemon Pacios said Amit Hurod, 28, was arrested by the personnel of Jabonga Municipal Police Station on Thursday in Barangay Bangonay, Jabonga.

Hurod, an insurgent belonging to the NPA's Guerrilla Front 16B, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC), is wanted for murder, according to the arrest warrant issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 34 in Cabadbaran City in February last year.

“Hurod is listed as the top one most wanted person in the regional level,” Pacio said, adding that the suspect was among the 30 NPA guerrillas who attacked government troops in Barangay Maraiging, Jabonga in 2021.

The attack killed four government troopers, wounded another two, and slightly injured a civilian in the area.

During his arrest, Hurod was also served with two other arrest warrants issued by the same court in Cabadbaran City for a separate case of murder and robbery with violence against or intimidation of persons.

Meanwhile, the Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) also reported the arrest of Richard M. Flores, in Barangay Pianing on Thursday.

In a report Friday, the BCPO said that Flores, who is wanted for murder, is an NPA rebel listed as a "top priority target" in the city.

Moreover, the Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office (SDSPPO) also reported the arrest on Thursday of Beverly Llanos Vocales in Barangay Bolhoon, San Miguel town.

Vocales, an NPA rebel belonging to the Weakened Guerrilla Front 19, Sub-Regional Committee Southland, NEMRC, has an arrest warrant for murder. (PNA)