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2 suspected rebels, linked to Binuangan attack, fall

By NITZ ARANCON
and EDWIN IYO
Correspondents .

AUTHORITIES on Thursday arrested two suspected communist rebels linked to the 2017 attack on a police station in a Misamis Oriental town during separate operations in Gingoog City.

Supt. Ariel Philip Pontillas, Gingoog police director, identified the suspects as Gerry Valmoria, 48, of Purok 4, Barangay Binakalan, Gingoog, and Carmelita Paylangco Dorado a.k.a. Tata Dorado, 52, of  Purok Quezon, Barangay San Luis, Gingoog.

Pontillas said the suspected New People’s Army rebels were wanted for the Dec. 3, 2017 attack on the police station in Binuangan town.

Four police officers were wounded in the attack, including an official, and the police station was damaged.

He said a case was filed against the suspects and Judge Emmanuel Pasal of the 38th branch of the Regional Trial Court in Cagayan de Oro issued a warrant of arrest against them this Sept. 6.

Valmoria and Dorado were allowed by the court to post a P120-thousand bailbond each in connection with two counts of attempted murder and frustrated murder.

Authorities arrested Valmoria in Barangay 26, Gingoog, while Dorado was caught in Purok Quezon, Barangay San Luis, also in Gingoog.

The operations were carried out by members of the Binuangan police, Regional Mobile Force Battalion, Regional Intelligence Unit, and soldiers from the Aemy’s 58th Infantry Battalion.

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