Authorities on Saturday arrested ranking communist rebel leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon in Carcar City in Cebu.
They are believed to have assumed the leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) from CPP founding chairman Jose Ma. Sison.
Benito Tiamzon is among the high-profile fugitives being hunted by the government, which has offered a P5.6 million reward for his capture. He and his wife Wilma are wanted for murder and frustrated murder.
Earlier this week, President Benigno Aquino 3rd hinted that one such fugitive was about to be caught.
Real estate magnate Delfin Lee, who also belonged to that most wanted list, was arrested in Manila on March 6.
Still at large are former Army general Jovito Palparan, former Palawan governor Joel Reyes and his brother Mario, and Ruben Ecleo Jr.
The Tiamzons were arrested with five others by a combined team from the Army and Philippine National Police.
The couple’s companions were not identified.
The group was aboard two cars, a Starex and an Innova, in Barangay Aluginsan, Carcar, when they were caught, the reports said.