GOVERNMENT forces have captured an alleged leader of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) and his wife in Batangas.
Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs Office, on Friday said Norberto Boricco, alias Isaw, and his wife who uses the nom de guerre Indi and Eldi were arrested by joint elements of the AFP and the Philippine National Police in Barangay Niogan, Lemery, Batangas, on Thursday.
The couple, according to Cabunoc, have outstanding warrants of arrest for their involvement in murders and frustrated murders perpetrated in Samar in the Visayas.
Authorities recovered from their possession a hand grenade, a laptop, a smartphone, six cellphones and seven flash drives.
The military tagged Borrico as the front secretary and finance officer of the NPAs operating in municipalities of Northern Samar.
Borrico allegedly led the twin attacks in the towns of Oras and Arteche in Eastern Samar in 2003 and 2013 where 11 soldiers, two policemen, five government militiamen and a civilian were killed.
“The arrest of the couple is a result of a tip from an NPA supporter who confessed that he was already tired of receiving extortion threats and demands from the NPA bandits,” Cabunoc said.