Government troops captured a suspected communist rebel in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental, over the weekend, an Army official said Monday. In a statement, Lt. Col. Christian Uy, the Army’s 58th Infantry Battalion commander, identified the suspect as Rubin Palyares Bago, an alleged member of the New People’s Army Regional Operations Command of the Northern Central Mindanao Committee (NCMRC). Bago, of Carmen, Agusan del Norte, was nabbed Sunday night in Sitio Minlanag, Barangay Lawaan while in possession of anti-personnel mines inside his backpack. Following his capture, Bago was brought to the Gingoog City Police Office for the filing of rebellion-related charges and other violations of the law against him. Uy said Bago was captured with the help of the community in the sitio through a concerned citizen. “We reiterate our call to the remaining members of the NPA to voluntarily surrender before it is too late or else end up with the same fate as Dionesio Micabalo who was killed in a recent encounter with our troops,’ he said. Uy was referring to the recent death of Micabalo, the NCMRC secretary, in a July 26 encounter with the 58IB in Barangay Libertad.
Source: Philippines News Agency