Caraga cops arrest NPA’s Mindanao finance officer, common-law wife

Photos from Caraga Region Police Public Information Office

Police in Caraga region announced the capture of the alleged finance officer of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Mindanao during an operation in Butuan City on Thursday.

Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., Caraga police chief, identified the suspect as Nori Torregosa, 37.

Esquivel said Torregosa was arrested with his common-law wife, Melissa Comisoa, around 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Barangay Limaha in Butuan City based on a warrant for illegal possession of firearms issued by a local court.

He said one cal .45 pistol, one cal .38 revolver, two hand grenades and assorted improvised explosive device (IED) components were seized from them, along with cell phones, laptops and documents, in the couple’s rented apartment.

The two are now under custody of the police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Caraga.

Torregosa’s apprehension came hours after the “arrest” of alleged regional communist rebel leader Virgilio Lincuna, also in Butuan City for a string of crimes he allegedly committed in Surigao del Sur province.

According to Esquivel, Torregosa’s arrest was “a big blow” to the NPA’s operation, saying the latter has “a lot of knowledge about the extortion activities, not only in Caraga, but the entire Mindanao.”

“We hope that they will cooperate with the investigating team in identifying individuals, business institutions and groups that are providing financial support to the CPP-NPA terrorists,” he said. By CLC

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