Lt. Col. Rolando Joselito Bautista, 73rd Infantry Battalion commanding officer, said there was no armed encounter when the soldiers found the two lady suspects on their way back from taking a bath in a deep well.
Dosmanos, who said he has been with the NPA for 11 years, was captured in a nearby location after the Army interrogated the lady suspects, Bautista said. Dosmanos’s companion, identified only as Toligkay, was able to evade the soldiers.
Bautista said the three belonged to a group of 20 rebels of the NPA's Pulang Bagani Command under Kumander Parago or Leoncio Pitao.
Mapula filed an affidavit that claimed the NPA has been holding her captive for three months. She said she was brought to the area allegedly upon order of Parago after she was informed that the NPA killed his brother, Racky. The latter was suspected of raping a teenager in Barangay Upper Mabuhay in nearby Carmen town.
Mapula told MindaNews she was told to stay with the group to observe the movement. She said she was threatened that the community has been informed of her joining the rebel group.
She her capture by the military actually means she was rescued from the NPA. (Walter I. Balane / MindaNews)