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CPP-NPA leaders nabbed in Quezon, Naga

Posted at | Updated as of 02/11/14 3:27 AM

MANILA-- Two alleged leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) have been captured by government troops in Quezon province and Naga City, the military said Monday.

Joint troops from the Armed Forces of the Philippines' Southern Luzon Command (AFP-Solcom) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested George Geluz at a checkpoint in Gumaca, Quezon on Saturday.

He has an arrest warrant for robbery with arson and double frustrated murder, the AFP said.

Geluz, who uses the alias "Ka Mario," is the allegedly the secretary of the CPP's Bicol regional committee.

On Sunday, Sylvestre Layones, the alleged head of the Bicol regional urban committee, was nabbed in Naga City by virtue of an arrest warrant for murder.

A companion of Layones, Christopher Edrinal, was initially taken into custody but was later released because he has no pending arrest warrant and was unarmed.

Solcom chief Lt. Gen. Caesar Ronnie Ordoyo said government forces will continue their operations against communist rebels.

"The NPA has been hampering the economic development of our country. They have practically sabotaged our development for four decades already," Ordoyo said.