Two suspected New People’s Army (NPA) insurgents were arrested early yesterday morning in a joint operation conducted by members of the Philippine Army 11th Infantry Battalion (11IB) and Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office (NOrPPO) in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental. Authorities identified the arrested as Lenie Ragay and her live-in partner, Luis Ragay, both residents of the town’s Barangay Talalak.
Based on information provided by NOrPPO, the two suspects were arrested after they were served a warrant issued by Judge Marie Rose Inocando-Paras of the Bayawan City Regional Trial Court-Branch 63 for the crime of rebellion.
Bail was set at P200,000.
11IB commander, Lt. Colonel Ramir Redosendo, said the couple served as the “eyes and ears” for the NPA in the area.
The military official also confirmed the couple’s son was a member of the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit but was ejected in 2018 after he was found to be serving as a “deep-penetrating agent” for the NPA.
Both suspects are now detained at the Sta. Catalina Municipal Police Station./DGB, WDJ