Cops arrest 3 rebels behind Del Monte raid
COTABATO, Philippines - Government troops captured 3 communist rebels who took part in the February 19 raid of a Del Monte plantation in Bukidnon.
Senior Supt Fracis Cariaga, regional police spokesman, said Friday, March 1 that the suspects -- Roberto Cesto, Gary Balangiao and Valeriano Anonsaon Jr -- were arrested in separate operations in Bukidnon.
Cariaga said the 3 were among the 100 armed New People's Army rebels who stormed Camp Philips of Del Monte Philippine Incorporated in Damilag, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon on February 19. The rebels also set on fire about 6 heavy equipment as they fled toward the town's mountain areas.
The NPA, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, has been waging a guerrilla campaign in the countryside for 4 decades. The military estimates the NPA strength at more than 4,000 men scattered in more than 60 guerrilla fronts throughout the country. - Jeoffrey Maitem/Rappler.com