10 cops involved in arrest of ‘NPA fighters’ get PNP medal of merit
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) conferred on Monday the Medal of Merit to 10 police officers involved in the simultaneous implementation of search warrants on alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Negros Occidental.
Those given the medal at Camp Crame were Col. Benliner Capili, Lt. Col. Anthony Gantang, Chief Master Sergeant Ramiro Gocotano, Senior Master Sergeant Rex Himodo, Senior Master Sergeant Alberto Sombilon, Senior Master Sergeant Jerome Jambaro, Pat. Elmer Toos, Pat. Eljhon Dapitan, Pat. Neshijara Beare, and Pat. John Patrick Evangelista.
The search warrants served in Barangays 33, Bata, and Taculing in Bacolod City on October 31 led to the arrest of 42 “identified members” of the Komiteng Rehiyon-Negros, Cebu, Bohol, and Siquijor for violation of the Republic Act No. 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.
Thirteen minors allegedly recruited in the group and were undergoing combat training and indoctrination to the armed movement were also rescued in the operation jointly conducted by the police and the military.
During the string of raids, 32 assorted firearms, three fragmentation grenades, two 40mm ammunition and assorted bullets were also allegedly confiscated from the suspects.
Although the police and the military claimed the arrested persons were members of the NPA, Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate claimed they were captured from the offices of Bayan Muna, Gabriela, and the National Federation of Sugar Workers in the province.
Edited by JPV
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