MANILA (Xinhua) -- Two suspected leftist New People's Army (NPA) rebels, including a high-ranking official, were arrested Friday night in Quezon province.
Fidel Holanda, a member of the executive committee of the South Quezon-Bundoc Peninsula, Southern Tagalog Regional Party Communist, and a certain Erwin Casino were apprehended along diversion road Lucena City by the joint police and military personnel, said Colonel Generoso Bolina, spokesman of the military's Southern Luzon Command (Solcom).
The two rebels were arrested by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by the Regional Trial Court in Gumaca town.
Bolina said authorities recovered from the suspects eight pieces of improvised explosive device, an anti-personnel explosive, four pieces of cellular phones, a laptop, subversive documents, and personal belongings.
He said the two were brought to Solcom Hospital for medical examination prior to custodial debriefing at Quezon Provincial Police Office in Camp Nakar, Lucena City.
Bolina said the apprehension was based on long surveillance.
The NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, was formed on March 29, 1969. Latest military estimates placed the NPA's strength at more than 4,000.
January 28, 2012 12:14 PM