ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/08 July) – A suspected New People’s Army leader was captured Monday following a skirmish in the hinterlands of Zamboanga del Norte, an Army official said.
Col. Apolinario Alobba, commander of the Army’s 101st Infantry Battalion, identified the alleged NPA leader as Mercy Maghinay, 35, who reportedly carries the aliases of Ka Joycee and Ka Genevie.
Alobba tagged Maghinay as the secretary of Front Feliciano “B” of the NPA’s Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee.
He said Maghinay was captured around 12 noon Monday following a 15-minute firefight in Sitio Guigang, Barangay Guibo, Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte.
He said Maghinay was captured after she was abandoned by her comrades who fled to different directions.
Alobba said the firefight ensued when the troops chanced upon the NPA rebels while conducting security patrol after receiving reports there were lawless elements in the area.
He said the troops recovered a shotgun, a caliber .45 pistol, a hand grenade and P100,000 cash.
He said the rebels that figured in Monday’s clash were responsible in the burning of construction equipment worth P50.3 million on November 19, 2013 in Sitio Gusay, Barangay Titik, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte. (MindaNews)