By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – Four men tagged by Metro Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) as “militia ng bayan” (MB) or “people’s militia” of the New People’s Army (NPA) were arrested in separate operations in far-flung areas in Butuan City Thursday.
In an exclusive interview with The Manila Bulletin on Thursday, BCPO City Director Canilo A. Fuentes said those arrested were members of Guerilla Front 4-A of the CPP-NPA Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee.
Their identities were temporarily withheld pending tactical interrogation.
“All of them (suspects) were completely surprised when our implementing police force and Army arrived in their respective areas in San Mateo and Tungao,” Col. Fuentes said.
Elements of BCPO, 13th Regional Mobile Force and Army’s 23rd Infantry Battalion served warrants of arrest to the suspects for the crime of arson issued by the local court here at the villages of San Mateo and Tungao, both this city.
The suspects were among those who burned five motorcycles owned by Army soldiers in June 2018, the BCPO city director said.
“BCPO will continue to intensify its campaign against wanted persons especially those who are members of CPP-NPA terrorists group to give long and lasting peace to the Butuanons,” Col. Fuentes added.