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Cops, Army seize war materials, NPA flag in Agusan del Sur

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By Mike Crismundo

CAMP RAFAEL C. RODRIGUEZ, Butuan City – Combined elements of police and Army swooped down on the houses of six suspects and seized war materials in San Luis town, Agusan del Sur province, a flash report reaching the regional police headquarters here on Sunday said.

Agusan del Sur Map (Photo courtesy of Google Map)

Agusan del Sur Map (Photo courtesy of Google Map)

A report received by Northeastern Mindanao Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) regional director Chief Supt. Rolando B. Felix said operating forces from the police and Army seized 2 fragmentation grenades, 1 caliber ’38 revolver, 4 improvised explosives devices (IEDs), 4 blasting caps, 2 detonating cord, 2 rifle grenades, 1 shotgun and a New People’s Army (NPA) flag.

Felix said operating troops are still determining if those arrested are part of NPA movement in the area. “Investigation is still ongoing,” the region’s police chief said.

Chief Supt. Felix, identified the arrested suspects as Julito Otacan, 44; Jonas B. Acosta, 37; Marlon O. Talatayod, 37; Enrique A. Baluado, 45; Joel S. Trasuna, 45; and Noli M. Tahudan, 28, all of Barangay Balit, San Luis, Agusan del Sur.

The Caraga region police chief said the suspects were arrested after operating police and Army troops served six search warrants issued by Judge Lou A. Nueva of Regional Trial Court, Branch 7, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur, all dated October 25, 2017for alleged violation of Republic Act 10591 also known as Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunition.

“The operation resulted in the arrest of the six suspects,” Chief Supt. Felix said.

Arrested suspects and confiscated items are now in the custody of San Luis MPS, Agusan del Sur for proper disposition, he added.

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