Google map of Dumingag municipality, Zamboanga del Sur.

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Authorities have arrested two New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in manhunt operations in Zamboanga del Sur province, a police official said Tuesday.

Brig. Gen. Neil Alinsañgan, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) director, identified the NPA rebels as Dexter Buenaza, 26; and Redo Andata, 26, both members of the NPA Guerrilla Front Big Beautiful Country, Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee.

Alinsañgan said Buenaza was arrested by police and military operatives around 7:50 a.m. Monday in Purok 3, Barangay Saad, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur.

Buenaza has a standing warrant of arrest for murder with no recommended bail issued by a court in Dipolog City in 2018.

Meanwhile, Andata was arrested on the same day by a police and military team, also in Barangay Saad. He has a standing arrest warrant for murder with no bail issued by the same court in 2018.

Alinsañgan, however, said it was not immediately known whether Buenaza and Andata committed the crime together.

Both were placed under the temporary custody of the police in Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga del Norte. (PNA)