MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – Two ranking officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and their two companions were arrested in Quezon City today by government forces, a military spokesman reported. Colonel Generoso Bolina, spokesman for the Armed Forced of the Philippines (AFP) Southern Luzon Command (SolCom), said one of the suspects was identified as Benjamin Mendoza, alias Lorens/Kenji, who is the topmost leader of Southern Tagalog New People’s Army ( NPA), the secretary of the CPP’s Southern Tagalog Regional Party Committee and a member of the CPP’s Central Committee.
According to Bolina, Benjamin was nabbed around 12:15 a.m. by soldiers and policemen by virtue of two arrest warrants issued by the Lucena City regional trial court for rebellion. Bolina said that Josephine Mendoza, a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern Regional Party Committee, and two still unidentified suspects were also arrested in the same operation. The military is still determining if Benjamin and Josephine are family-related, Bolina added.