Top leftist rebel official arrested in Negros

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – A top leader of the leftist New People’s Army (NPA) was arrested by security forces in the central Philippines yesterday afternoon, the Philippine National Police ( PNP) announced today.

Citing a report from the Western Visayas regional police office, PNP spokesman Agrimero Cruz named the suspect as Romeo Nanta, alias Juaning, 53.

Cruz said Nanta is the head of the NPA’s Regional Operational Command in the Negros Island.

He said Nanta was arrested by joint personnel of the Army’s Intelligence Security Group, 62nd Infantry Battalion, 303rd Brigade and Cadiz City police station around 2 p.m. Monday at Villa street in Cadiz City in Negros Oriental.

Cruz said the arrest of Nanta was effected by virtue of a warrant of arrest for a charge of robbery in band.

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