Friday, June 11, 2010

NPA Bomber Arrested in Cam Sur

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – A suspected NPA terrorist bomber was arrested by troops of the 902nd Brigade who are securing an infrastructure project in Camarines Sur, a military officer said.

First Lieutenant Michael Morales, leader of the arresting team, said that he was conducting security patrols in Bgy Kinahulugan village in Lagonoy town, when a local village official tipped-off the presence of the said terrorist bomber at around 5pm on June 9 (Wednesday).

“I was told by a barangay official that one of the perpetrators of the roadside bombing that killed 2LT Logronio and three others in Presentacion town was mingling with the crowd in the village. I immediately rushed to the scene together with the tipster and arrested the suspect, identified as a certain Noel Alarcon,” said Morales.

Cornered by the Army investigators, the suspect brought the soldiers to the site of two improvised landmines which were strategically positioned near the road in the village.

Morales said that Alarcon and his comrades were supposed to ambush their troops who were transporting some of their supplies three days ago. “We were lucky that we avoided passing through established pathways,” added Morales.

Alarcon admitted to have laid the bombs to ambush the soldiers who will pass by along that road. He refused to admit his participation in the deadly ambush in Presentacion town.

Col Cirilo Teodoro Torralba, Commander of the 902nd Brigade, said that he has coordinated with the military’s legal officer to press charges against the suspect who was brought to Lagonoy municipal police station yesterday.

“We will pursue a criminal case against the suspect to seek justice for the death and injuries of my soldiers. Another case of human rights violations will be lodged before the CHR as regards to the CPP-NPA’s continuous use of the banned weapons (landmines),” said Torralba.

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