NPA rebel nabbed in Quezon province

November 25, 2009 12:56 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 25 — As part of the Philippine Army’s intensified operations against communist rebels in various parts of the country, more rebels, aside from the ones who have returned voluntarily to government fold, are apprehended due to their terrorist activities that interrupt the livelihood of people in the areas they are operating.

Reports reaching the Philippine Army headquarters disclosed that aside from nation-building operations, Army field units, particularly in Quezon, are able to conduct successful security operations.

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos on Wednesday reported that joint Army and police units in Tiaong, Quezon undertook an operation on Tuesday to apprehend a certain New People’s Army (NPA) rebel named Antonio Catumba.

Catumba was nabbed in his house in Barangay Cabay, Tiaong through a warrant of arrest issued by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Lucena City in connection with the NPA rebel’s activities in the area.

Burgos said Catumba's mother and a barangay kagawad (village councilman) named William Rasul were also taken by the authorities for questioning.

"Army troops are still in the area in pursuit of two more NPA rebels who worked with Catumba," said Burgos.

"Rebel activities in various areas are major factors that hinder the development of the country. And with the Philippine Army working together with government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), lasting peace and progress in the countryside is expected," added Burgos. (PNA) scs/VR

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