By Joseph Jubelag
KORONADAL CITY – Authorities here have been placed under heightened alert following the arrest of a ranking leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) here on Saturday.
Supt. Marvin Dua-dua, spokesperson of the South Cotabato Provincial Police Office, said police authorities have been placed on alert for any possible retaliation that could be launched by the NPA after the arrest of Maria Liwanag Fernandez, the regional medical officer of the NPA-Far South Mindanao Regional Committee.
Fernandez was nabbed by police and military intelligence operatives in Barangay General Paulino Santos.
Fernandez is facing charges for kidnapping and serious illegal detention in connection with the abduction of Sgt. Solaiman Calocop and PFC Samuel Garay, both members of 39th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Telefas, Columbio, Sultan Kudarat on February 2, 2017.
The abducted soldiers were later freed after a month of captivity in Davao del Sur.
Police said Fernandez yielded an M-203 rifle grenade and improvised explosive device.
The military tagged the suspect as one of the ranking official of the NPA- FSMRC and the niece of Bubu Fernadez, the deputy secretary-general of the NPA-FSMRC operating in Central Mindanao.