PAGADIAN CITY – Security forces arrested four people, including a communist rebel leader and a bishop at a military checkpoint in Ozamiz City in the southern Filipino province of Misamis Occidental, officials said on Friday.
Officials identified the rebel leader as Rommel Salinas, of the New People’s Army, who is wanted by authorities for a string of murder cases and other high-profile crimes in western Mindanao. A grenade was also recovered by security forces from Salinas’ possession.
Salinas was with Bishop Carlo Morales, of the Philippine Independent Church, the country’s second largest Christian denomination. Morales was with his wife, Teofina, and their driver Sadome Dalid, in a van when security forces flagged down the vehicle Thursday evening following intelligence report that it was transporting a senior rebel leader.