FEMALE REBEL. Alleged communist New People’s Army rebel, alias “Beh” (center), is escorted by police operatives after her arrest in Barangay Napnapon, Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat on Friday (March 17, 2023). She has a warrant of arrest for attempted murder. (Courtesy of PRO-12)

ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat – A man wanted for illegal possession of firearms and explosives and a female communist rebel were separately arrested in Sultan Kudarat province, a police official said Saturday.

Col. Christopher Bermudez, provincial police director, said in his report that operatives nabbed 67-year-old farmer Jose Hernando at his home in Barangay Saliao, Esperanza town at about 3 a.m. Friday.

Police found a hand grenade, an improvised 9-mm. “Thomgram” machine pistol, and ammunition.

“He did not resist arrest but denied the charges against him,” Bermudez said.

At about 10:30 a.m., police also arrested a certain “Beh” in Barangay Napnapon, Palimbang town, listed as the 77th most wanted person at the municipal level.

Bermudez said the 40-year-old woman was a member of the communist New People’s Army - South Regional Command operating in the Daguma ranges in the province.

She has a warrant of arrest for attempted murder charges. A bail of PHP120,000 was recommended.

Hernando and “Beh” are locked up at the Esperanza and Kalamansig police detention cells, respectively. (PNA)