MANILA, Philippines – An alleged leader of the New People’s Army in Western Visayas was arrested by the 301st Brigade of the 82nd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army as well as elements of the Jaro Police Station in Iloilo.
Bernabe Tubongbanwa, 30, was nabbed last Saturday while attending a fiesta in Balantang, Jaro.
Tubongbanwa is allegedly a finance officer and a regional intelligence officer of the NPA.
He was caught with documents from the Coronacion Chiva Waling Waling Command, a grenade, an improvised explosive device and a knife inside his bag.
A warrant of arrest for Tubongbanwa has been out since November 2011.
Because of the recovered explosives, Tubongbanwa will be charged with violation of the Comelec gun ban. – Report from Kenneth Ladigohon, ABS-CBN News Iloilo