Joint military and police operatives have arrested a ranking New People’s Army (NPA) leader and recovered the body of his companion who was killed during a firefight in Davao Del Sur Wednesday morning.
Capt. Rhyan Batchar, 10th Infantry Division public affairs officer, identified the arrested rebel as Joan Casamorin, reportedly the vice-commander of Guerilla Front 72 of the Far South Mindanao Regional Committee which is known to be operating in South Cotabato, Davao Del Sur, North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat.
Casamorin was bagged in Barangay Buri, Matanao town of the above-mentioned province.
He is facing charges for robbery, kidnapping and serious illegal detention, four counts of murder and robbery with homicide.
Batchar said the operation stemmed from civilian complaints regarding the presence of heavily armed men in Barangay Buri.
Casamorin was wounded when he tried to resist.
Recovered from his possession was .45 caliber pistol, assorted ammunition, three improvised explosive devices and the body of a certain “Jeb-jeb,” a NPA fighter reportedly killed during an earlier encounter with authorities.
Batchar said the wounded rebel leader was immediately taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
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