NPA rebel captured in Southern Philippines

DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 30, 2011) – Security forces arrested a communist rebel tagged as behind the burning of a passenger bus in the southern Philippines, officials said Friday.

Officials said an Uzi submachine gun and munitions were also seized from the rebel who was identified as Reminaldo Lumagalan after soldiers and policemen arrested him in the village Astorga in Davao del Sur’s Santa Cruz town.

Lumagalan, who is allegedly a member of the New People’s Army, was blamed for the burning of the bus in May in the province. Village guards tipped off authorities about Lumagalan’s presence in a house in Astorga where he was spotted brandishing the weapon.

Officials said Lumagalan admitted to burning the bus, owned by Holiday Bus Lines, after a failed extortion attempt.

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