Police arrest rebel in landmine blast

POLICE filed charges before the City Prosecution Office on Wednesday against a New People’s Army (NPA) member involved in a landmine explosion in Paquibato District in Davao City on August 5.

Lieutenant Colonel Lyndon Paniza, spokesperson of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, identified the suspect as Mark Jhon Odorios, 19, a resident of Sitio Bajada, Paradise Embac, Paquibato District.

Paniza said the suspect is now facing criminal charges, after he was positively identified by one Melvin Lucanas, resident of the same area who saw Odorios plant the landmine.

Initial investigation of the Paquibato Police Station showed that Lucanas saw Odorios leaving the area after the landmine exploded. Lucanas recovered some debris and turned them over to a Peace and Development Team of the 10th Infantry Division for documentation.

Paniza said the suspect was arrested around 10 a.m. Monday through the help of residents and barangay officials of Sitio Bajada.

“This is an indication that the people in Paquibato and the local government units are now empowered and joining our campaign for peace and development in their area,” Paniza said.

The suspect is now detained at the Paquibato police station.

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