A suspected bomb maker of the New People’s Army rebels has been arrested by the military and police operatives in Cagayan Valley.
Police Chief Supt. Jose Mario Espino, newly-installed police regional director for Cagayan Valley, identified the suspect as Kevin Bulayo, alias Ka Glen, of the remote upland barangay of Milo Jose Ancheta, a 45-minute ride from Maddela town in Quirino province.
Bulayo was arrested inside his house, which also yielded a cache of materials and accessories for improvised explosive devices, said Espino.
The operatives have recovered eight anti-tank bombs, 12 anti-personnel explosives, improvised switches, blasting cords and caps, four battery packs, 17 firing devices, cellphones—one of which contained the hotline of the Maddela Police Station—and laptop, a .45 pistol with ammunitions, and subversive documents.
“These materials confirmed our intelligence gathered that the communist rebels ae planning to conduct roadside bombings against our troops and the military. It is good that we prevented it due to the cooperation of our intelligence networks,” Espino said.
Bulayo was also tagged by the operatives as one of the communist rebels who raided a police station in Maddela last year, showing his picture printed from a recovered SB disk. Bulayo was also a former medical officer of the NPA and was promoted as a bombmaker after training in IED making somewhere in Mindanao.
According to Brig. Gen. Bartolome Bacarro, commanding of the army’s 502nd Brigade based in Echague, Isabela, similar IEDs recovered from Bulayo have been used in two landmine blasts in Nagtipunan town, also in Quirino province.
“We highly appreciate the help of our villagers who also contributed to the successful arrest of Bulayo and recovery of IEDs and other materials. Let us help each other in bringing peace to our communities,” he said.