By Glazyl Masculino
BACOLOD CITY – Two suspected insurgents were arrested after military and police elements raided a camp of the New People’s Army (NPA) which is also utilized as a bomb factory in Sitio Cabilocan, Barangay Camindangan, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, last Sunday.
Maj. Jake Barila, city police chief, identified the suspects as Jory Mate, 34; and Roberto Tingson, 38, both residents of the barangay.
The two were seen near where the Army’s 15th Infantry Battalion (IB) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) carried out the raid.
The government forces recovered from the two a homemade .38 caliber revolver with three live rounds and a shotgun.
Barila said the two, who were taken to the Sipalay City Police Station, will be charged wih illegal possession of guns and ammunition.
Barila said one of the suspects told the police some armed men were using his house as venue for a meeting. But both of them denied they were rebels.
Three other residents, including a woman, were brought to the police station and investigated after but were released Monday morning.
A paralyzed elderly man was brought to the health center after he was abandoned by his colleagues.
Barila said the man was identified as a rebel returnee, who will also be subjected for investigation to confirm his connection with the NPA.
Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Ignacio Madriaga, commander of 302nd Infantry Brigade (IBde), said his troops exchanged fire with five rebels who were guarding the camp. The five escaped after the encounter.
No casualties were reported on the government side.
Seized from the camp were components used for making improvised explosive devices (IEDs(, assorted ammunition, firearms, subversive documents, and tools.