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A suspected member of the New People’s Army (NPA) was arrested following an entrapment operation at Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro.
In a spot report from the Puerto Galera MPS, a certain Raciel Caganan Vidal, project-in-charge of 811 Trading and Construction that oversaw a road construction project in Puerto Galera reported to the Puerto Galera MPS about extortion activities by the communist rebels last November 5.
The victim reported that on the evening of November 2, at around 11:30 PM, three armed men that allegedly wore camouflage and carried long firearms went to their barracks at Sitio Small Tabinay, Brgy. Tabinay, Puerto Galera, demanding Php100,000 as revolutionary tax.
Vidal allegedly managed to negotiate with the men to lower the amount to Php70,000, to be able to continue with road construction in the municipality. She suspected the men were acting on behalf of the NPA that led her to report the incident.
PSMS Rexy Ylagan, Intelligence PNCO of Puerto Galera MPS organized an entrapment operation composed of personnel of Puerto Galera MPS, Charlie Company, 76th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, PA and 3rd Platoon, 404th B Maneuver Company, Regional Mobile Force Battalion MIMAROPA.
The operation resulted in the arrest of Edgar Sanisit Magayon, 36 years old, married, and a helper at the construction firm.
Recovered from the suspect were the marked money, a cellphone, and five sachets of suspected dried marijuana leaves.
Upon investigation, it was discovered that the cellphone contained text messages that showed the suspect demanding money.