ZAMBOANGA CITY: The New People’s Army on Monday accused the military of detaining a humanitarian worker tagged as a member of the communist front in Mindanao. The Eastern Mindanao Command said security forces captured Dominiciano Muya on October 16 in Mankilam village in Tagum City. Army spokesperson Capt. Alberto Caber said Muya, who has a P4.8 million bounty on his head, is a regional staff member of the NPA Executive Committee, a former staff of the NPA in North-eastern Mindanao Regional Committee and former secretary of Guerrilla Front 18 of the Southern Mindanao Regional Party Committee. The NPA denied the military allegations, with rebel group spokesperson Rigoberto Sanchez saying “the New People’s Army Southern Mindanao Regional Command assails the malicious and fake charges imputed against Dominiciano Muya who was presented to the media by the 10th Infantry Division as a high ranking NPA official in the region. The orchestrated arrest in Tagum City—in an outrageous story line replete with standard planted grenade and .45 pistol in Muya’s possession—was not only implausible, it also showed the AFP’s mercenary scheme to siphon off the P4-million reward money at the expense of an NGO worker who had a legitimate profession as an educator and agriculture expert for indigenous peoples schools. Muya’s arrest was a shameless money-making plot of a corrupt Army unit”.