Troops nab 3 NPA fighters in Zamboanga Sibugay

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Government troops have arrested three New People's Army (NPA) rebels in a law enforcement operation in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, military officials said Wednesday.

Brig. Gen. Generoso Ponio, Army's 1st Infantry Division commander, identified the arrested NPA rebels as Amado Quilicot, Darwin Petralba, and Delfin Petralba.

Ponio said the three were arrested during the serving of a search warrant around 5:40 a.m. Monday in Barangay Sandayong, Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay.

The suspects yielded two .38 caliber revolvers, a homemade handgun, two fragmentation grenades, and ammunition. They were turned over to the provincial office of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, Ponio said.

We can sustain the gains of peace and progress in Western Mindanao if government forces, local chief executives, and constituents continuously work together as a team, he said.

Earlier, an alleged member of the Barahama Ali group identified as Ben Ben Bahari was killed in a shootout with government troops during an anti drug operation in Barangay Lapaz, Naga.

Police said shootout ensued when Bahari opened fire prompting the troops to return fire during an anti drug operation over the weekend.

Bahar was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.

The troops recovered some PHP34,000 worth of suspected shabu, a .45 caliber pistol, magazines, ammunition, and marked bills.

The Barahama Ali's group gained notoriety for its kidnap for ransom and illegal drug activities in Zamboanga Sibugay province.

Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, vowed that government troops will continue the intensive campaign against terrorists and private armed groups in Zamboanga Sibugay.

The key to achieving peace and progress is sustenance. The military relentlessly operates in critical areas to pound down terrorists that they may be dissuaded from fighting government troops, Sobejana said.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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