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2 NPA officers, 2 others nabbed in Sarangani

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Two alleged high-ranking officials of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) and two others were arrested during a law enforcement operation in Sarangani province, military said.

Lt. Col. Jones Otida, commanding officer of the 27th Infantry Battalion, 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, identified the rebels as Nicanor Pason, alias Kumander Costan, an alleged NPA leader in the provinces of Saragani, South Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat; Bernard Prespetero, alleged spokesperson of the NPA’s Far South Mindanao Regional Committee; and certain Josephine Carvajal Sumagaysay and Reynaldo Beringel Loyola, both alleged NPA couriers and contacts.

The suspects were nabbed in Barangay Kalaong in Maitum town Thursday, October 10.

Pason had a warrant of arrest for murder issued by a trial court in Alabel, Sarangani.

During the arrest, Pason allegedly attempted to diffuse a fragmentation grenade to negate arrest, prompting the government troops “to execute a calibrated action to immobilize the subject,” Otida said.

Pason was wounded in the incident and was rushed to Maitum Hospital for treatment while the three others were brought to the police station for necessary legal proceedings. #

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