NPA officer arrested in Surigao del SurBy Frances Mangosing
MANILA, Philippines—An officer of the New People’s Army was arrested in an entrapment operation by police and military forces in Lianga, Surigao del Sur Wednesday, the military said in a belated report.
In a statement, Major Eugenio Osias of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division identified the communist rebel as Hermes Domandan, known as Teddy Bagger, political and finance officer of Platoon 8 of the Guerilla Front 19B of the Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee.
Domandan, who was arrested in Diagaton village at about 3 a.m., has a standing warrant of arrest for rebellion in a local court in Lianga.
Seized from him were a hand grenade, three cell phones, and cash amounting to P9,760, Osias said.