MANILA, Philippines (2ND UPDATE) – Eleven members of the New People's Army (NPA) were arrested by the Army's 56th Infantry Battalion inside an NPA camp in Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan Friday afternoon.
Armed Forces deputy public affairs chief Maj. Emmanuel Garcia said the rebels were arrested after being caught with various high-powered firearms and grenades, and permit to campaign materials.
Garcia said the suspects were caught collecting payments for permits to campaign in the area.
Seized from the suspects were seven high-powered firearms, three hand guns, four grenades, several bullets and a Mitsubishi Delica van with no plate number.
Lieutenant Colonel Bernie Oña, commander of the 56th Infantry Battalion, said they conducted the operations after receiving a tip from a local candidate that about 30 members of the NPA's Platoon Timog Sierra Madre were in the area.
Most of them are residents of San Miguel, Bulacan.
Authorities said 19 more NPA members are being hunted down.
Bulacan Provincial Police Director Sr. Supt. Gerwiin Ordoña said the rebels will face charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and violations of the Omnibus Election Code and Human Security Act. -- Report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM