Philippine gov't troops arrest NPA leader in Central Luzon

15:26, June 17, 2010      

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Philippine government troops arrested a senior official of the leftist New People's Army (NPA) who's wanted for murder, according to a spokesman on Thursday.

Capt. Emmanuel Diasen Jr, spokesman of the 703rd Brigade, said that Eldo Sandoval was nabbed Monday afternoon by joint military and police forces along the Olongapo-Gapan road in Central Luzon.

Sandoval is a member of the NPA's Central Luzon Regional Party Committee. He also serves as Secretary of the local branch of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in Pampanga province.

Diasen said Sandoval was arrested by the security forces by virtue of a warrant issued by Pampanga Judge Maria Amifaith Fider- Reyes for a charge of murder.

Brig. Gen. Jose Mabanta, commander of the 703rd Brigade commander, said that Sandoval is the fifth communist leader in Central Luzon to be neutralized by the military since late last year.

Source: Xinhua


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