A former commander of the New People’s Army wanted for a deadly attack more than four years ago was arrested during an operation in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte on Saturday, police said.
Arrested was Ricky Bago alias “Nova,” who served as commander of Guerrilla Front 16A in 2018, said Brig. Gen. Romeo Caramat, Caraga regional police director.
Police have yet to validate Bago’y current status in the rebel movement.
Members of the Kitcharao Police, backed by the provincial police and PNP Special Action Force, arrested Bago in Brgy. Poblacion around 12:30 p.m.
They implemented arrest warrants for homicide and two counts of attempted homicide, Caramat said.
All cases stemmed from Bago’s alleged participation in the NPA attack on government soldiers at the barangay hall of San Roque, Kitcharao, in November 2016. One soldier was killed in the incident, police said.