BUTUAN CITY : Three top officials of the New People’s Army in Mindanao were arrested early Monday morning by infantry troops at Tagkiling, Barangay Anticala, about 17 kilometers northeast from this region’s capital city, a military official reported.
In a message sent to Philippine Army chief Lt. Gen. Romeo P. Tolentino Brig. Gen. Ricardo A. David, commanding general of the Caraga region Army’s 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, said the three leaders were caught by surprise when combat troops of the 42nd Military Intelligence Company and intelligence operatives of 30th Infantry Battalion pounced on them.
Their identities were temporarily withheld while tactical interrogation is still going on.
The top CPP-NPA officials, two of them husband and wife, are party members of Front Committee (FC) 21-C of the Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC), David said.
The husband and wife are secretary and second deputy secretary, respectively, of Abe Command, while the other communist official is a commander of the same group and leader of squad 2, 9th platoon of FC 21-C.
The CPP-NPA officials are under tactical interrogation in an undisclosed place in Agusan.
The 402nd Brigade is conducting operations against some 700-armed NPA rebels in Agusan and Surigao provinces and nearby areas in the Caraga region.
The 7,400-strong NPA is the armed wing of the CPP that is waging a 37-year-old Maoist communist insurgency in the Philippines.