Ranking NPA leader in Bicol nabbed in Cavite

MANILA, Nov. 25 (PNA) -- A ranking leader of the New People's Army (NPA) rebel group in Bicol was arrested by military and police units in a joint operation in Trece Martirez City, Cavite province on Wednesday morning.

Major Angelo Guzman, Southern Luzon Command spokesperson, identified the arrested rebel leader as Andres Hubilla alias "Ka Magno," a member of Bicol Regional Party Committee (BRPC) and a former secretary of Komiteng Probinsya ng Sorsogon (Komprob Sorsogon).

Hubilla, who has a pending arrest warrant for murder and attempted murder, was arrested at around 9:05 a.m. in Barangay Hugo Perez.

Seized from his possession were several hand grenades, cellphones and documents with high intelligence values.

Hubilla is now at Trece Martirez City Police Station for documentation and filing of appropriate and additional charges.

“With the apprehension of Andres Hubilla or 'Ka Magno', the rebel’s leadership and ranks in Bicol will be paralyzed. In effect, a more peaceful,

progressive and prosperous region will soon emerge,” 903rd Infantry Brigade commander Col. Cesar Idio said.

“The AFP together with the PNP will proficiently work against these threat groups in order to attain the peace that the Bicolanos desires," he added. (PNA)

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