CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan, Capiz – MGen Eric Vinoya, the Commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division attributed the successful apprehension of three (3) armed CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in Sta Catalina, Negros Oriental on March 12, 2020 to the vigilance of the local populace in town.

“I would like to acknowledge not only the effort of the joint elements of the PNP and 11th Infantry Battalion but also the vigilance of the people of Sta Catalina for giving accurate information to our troops that led to the apprehension of these armed communist-terrorists,” MGen Vinoya said.

11IB reported that upon receiving the information on the presence of the armed CNts at the vicinity Sitio Kakha, Barangay Talalak in Sta Catalina town, they immediately conducted joint operations that resulted in the capture of brothers Jeomar and John Bernadez of Barangay Talalak, and Warlito Quitay of Barangay Buenavista all of Sta Catalina.

“The apprehension of these CNTs prevented them from casting terror in the area. They are armed and dangerous as confirmed by the aforementioned war materials recovered from their possession, hence, I am grateful to the people of Negros Oriental for helping the government forces in thwarting communist-terrorist group’s criminal activities,” MGen Vinoya added.

With their capture, Vinoya renewed his persistent call to the Negrenses to continue supporting the government forces by giving accurate information about the movement and activities of the communist-terrorists to stop them from spreading more fear and violence.

Further, the 3ID Commander once again called on the remaining members of the CNTs in Negros Island to surrender and give peace a chance. “This is what I am saying before, you cannot escape from the full force of the law. Outlaws like you will always be on the run, thus, you need to choose the best option; and that is to yield for you to have a normal and peaceful life,” he emphasized.

The captured CNTs and the confiscated pieces of evidence are now in the custody of Sta Catalina MPS for proper disposition and documentation.