CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Two suspected bomb experts of the New People’s Army (NPA) were captured after a brief firefight between government troops and five heavily armed rebels in a village in Bukidnon, an Army official said on Thursday.
Capt. Joe Patrick Martinez, spokesman for the 4th Infantry Division, identified the suspects as Ruel Cololot, who showed an identification card claiming to be a member of the militant Anak Pawis Partylist, and Ramil Cololot, a suspected member of the NPA, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
Martinez did not say if the Cololots were brothers.
The suspects were reportedly planning to sow terror and atrocities in the area had it not for the timely arrival of combined military and police operatives, which resulted in an armed clash that lasted for about five-minutes in the outskirts of Kiburao, a remote village in the municipal town of Quezon.
Martinez said the suspects scampered and fled, but the troops pursued and tracked them, which resulted in their arrest.
Seized were one 57 RR, 24 pieces of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), two cal. 38 revolvers, 10-meter safety fuse, 200 meters detonating cords, five blasting caps, switch boxes, three Laptops, 51 rounds of cal. 30 ammunitions, 10 pieces antenna, firing wires, IED paraphernalia, and subversive documents.
Martinez said that the suspects were turned over to the provincial police office in Bukidnon for the appropriate filing of charges against them.