• Senior communist leader caught in South Cotabato

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Philippine au–thorities have arrested a senior communist rebel leader in South Cotabato.

    Army Capt. Alberto Caber, a spokesman for the Eastern Mindanao Command, said Felix Armodia, a regional rebel commander of the New People’s Army (NPA), was captured in the village of San Roque in Tampakan town.

    Armodia was arrested by a composite team of military and police at about 12:45 p.m. at his hideout in Barangay San Roque, Tampakan, South Cotabato

    Caber said civilian informers allegedly tipped off the military about the communist leader’s presence in the village.

    “Armodia, who uses the aliases Jing and Jade, is currently being interrogated by authorities on his role in many attacks on civilian and police and military targets, including the assaults on plan–tation farms and construction firms in the southern Philippines,” Caber, who branded the rebel leader as ‘notorious,’ told The Manila Times.

    The suspect is tagged by the military as the Front Secretary of the rebel forces responsible for a series of attacks on mining and construction firms in Davao del Sur, South and North Cotabato.

    Caber said Armodia’s front was responsible for several attacks on plantations and construction firms in the regions that refuses the NPA’s collection of “revolutionary tax.”
    There was no immediate statement from the NPA about Armodia’s capture.

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