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KAPA founder Apolinario, 23 armed men nabbed in Surigao del Sur

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Authorities have arrested the founder and leader of the KAPA Community Ministry International Joel Apolinario and his 23 armed men in Surigao del Sur.

Police Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., regional director of Police Regional Office 13, said members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) served the warrant of arrest for alleged syndicated estafa to Apolinario Tuesday, July 21, in an isolated Island Resort in Sitio Dahican, Brgy. Handamayan in Lingig town.

During the service of warrant of arrest, he said firefight ensued with Apolinario’s men.

Two men of Apolinario were killed while one was reportedly wounded and brought to Bislig City District Hospital, Esquivel said.

Police authorities confirmed that numerous high-powered firearms were recovered including 30 units of M16 rifles, two units of M4 rifle, one unit Garand Rifle, three units of 60 cal. Machine gun, one unit of 50 cal. Sniper rifle, three units cal.22 rifle, one unit carbine, one unit shotgun, two units of RPG, five units of caliber 45 pistol, and assorted rounds of ammunition.

Esquivel said that government troops are still in the area securing the place of the incident as Provincial Crime Laboratory Office of Surigao del Sur PNP is still conducting accounting and inventory of evidence.

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