Government troops have arrested four members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), two of whom are believed to be involved in the killing of four policemen last July 18 in Negros Oriental, during separate operations.
Based on a police report, government security forces nabbed Onie Bangala, 37, of Sitio Inasan, Barangay Carol-an, Ayungon; and farmers Epifanio Cabusog Romano; Rico Oracoy, 39; and Lito Cadusale; all of Barangay Mabato, Ayungon.
Bangala was arrested last July 26 by policemen and soldiers after an encounter with suspected communist rebels while doing a tactical operation in the mountains of Ayungon, Mabinay and Bindoy.
He was arrested along with another suspect, Nerie Boy Bangala, 25.
Nerie Boy Bangala managed to flee while authorities were questioning Onie.
However, authorities managed to earlier seized from their possession a homemade shotgun with magazine, two caliber .38 revolvers with five live ammunition, a 7.62 mm live ammunition, 18 ammunition for 7.62 mm, 20 empty shells for 7.62 mm, 192 empty shells for M16 Armalite rifle, five 5ml syringes, two knives and a rifle grenade, among other items.
Romano, meanwhile, was nabbed by authorities last July 29 after an encounter with a group of alleged NPA members in Sitio Talaptapan, Barangay Nalundan, Bindoy where a 20-minute firefight ensued.
No casualty was reported as the suspected NPAs withdrew.
Romano yielded a black bandolier and a rifle grenade. He was later turned over to the Bindoy Police for proper filing of charges.
On the same day, Oracoy and Cadusale, believed to be escaping from the Bindoy encounter, were arrested at a checkpoint in Sitio Yamot, Mabato, Ayungon.
The two are believed to be involved in the killing of the four intel cops last July 18.
Confiscated from them were two caliber .38 revolvers with 10 live ammunition, a rifle grenade, two improvised explosive devices, a black bandolier, an eco bag and a plastic bag.
All of the four are now in police custody. (Juancho Gallarde PNA via NDB)