Two New People’s Army (NPA) leaders wanted for a series of crimes in Quezon, Antique, and Occidental Mindoro, were arrested by combined elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) during operations in Caloocan Wednesday night.
Arrested were Emmanuel Bacarra and Ruben Saluta, AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said.
Both are NPA commanders operating in Mindoro and Panay, respectively. They carried out extortion activities like burning of buses and facilities in their localities.
“The said personalities (also) have criminal records ranging from murder to arson and were issued warrants of arrest by courts in provinces Quezon, Antique and Occidental Mindoro (Criminal cases nos. 2646-S, 14-6573-C to 14-6573-C and Z-1405),” he added.
Records also show that the two were also charged for violating Republic Act No. 6968, otherwise known as the Anti-Rebellion Act of the Philippines.
“Our operatives have been working on these cases for several months to identify the suspects engaged in different criminal activities in Southern Tagalog Regions. Our operatives from PNP and AFP shared intelligence information, compared notes until they were able to positively identify these personalities,” Cabunoc added.
He said that law enforcers have ensured that the basic rights of the suspects were protected during their arrest.
“The AFP and PNP will continuously work together to protect the people from lawless elements, to bring justice and to maintain peace and order in our communities,” Cabunoc said. PNA