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Suspected NPA leader held at Surigao checkpoint

A suspected high-ranking leader of the New People’s Army was arrested by combined police and military troops in Surigao City, the military said Thursday.

Arpel Rabago, known as Yoyo, a deputy commander of the Guerilla Front 16 of the Northeastern Mindanao Regional Party Committee (NEMRC), was arrested while onboard a vehicle at a checkpoint in Trinidad village, Surigao City on Wednesday past 5 p.m., 30 Infantry Batallion spokesperson 2nd Lt. Jonel Castillo said.

Rabago, 30, was involved in the alleged atrocities inflicted by NPA rebels on security forces and extortion activities in Surigao del Norte and surrounding areas.

Rabago, Castillo said has two standing arrest warrants for frustrated and attempted murder.

He also faces kidnapping and other criminal charges.

“Yoyo is responsible for the series of harassments and extortion in certain parts of the province. He led a numerous attacks against government troops who are conducting Peace and Development Activities in the towns of Malimono, San Francisco and Surigao City during the previous years,” Castillo said.

Castillo said they were preparing Rabago’s documents for the return of the arrest warrant to the issuing court in Surigao City. By CLC

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