By: Glazyl Y. Masculino
BACOLOD City A man believed to be a member of the New Peoples Army (NPA) was arrested at Barangay Balintawak, Escalante City, Negros Occidental Thursday morning.
Police identified the suspect as Rem Lanie Pintor, 49, of the said village.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Necerato Sabando, city police chief, said personnel of the 79th Infantry Battalion (IB) of the Philippine Army endorsed the suspect to the custody of Escalante City Police Station after he was sighted at the said area.
Sabando said the military troops followed Pintor from Calatrava town, following a clash between the military and NPA rebels in the town last Wednesday.
Pintor is suspected to be among the armed men the military had encountered in Calatrava, Sabando said.
Authorities recovered from his possession a rifle grenade. He will be charged for illegal possession of explosives.