Army captures ranking NPA in Central Negros


CAMP GERONA, MURCIA, Negros Occidental – The troops of 62nd Infantry Battalion under 303rd Infantry Brigade together with 6th Special Action Force and personnel of Guihulngan City PNP in Negros Oriental conducted security operations and arrested 9 personalities including 2 High-Ranking NPA leaders at Brgy Buenavista, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental yesterday September 20, 2020 (Sunday). 

The Guihulngan City Task Force to End Local Armed Conflict (GCTF-ELCAC) through the combined elements of 62IB, 61st Special Action Company, 6th Special Action Battalion  and PNP Guihulngan City Police Office conducted a joint security operations and as well as to served warrants of arrest at Brgy Buenavista, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental. The joint operations resulted to the apprehension of Nona ESPINOSA @ Ava/Jelay, Deputy Front Secretary of Central Negros 1 Front, KR-NCBS and Adidas ACERO @Baldo/BJ, Vice Commander, Front Operational Command both with 8 warrants of arrest for various crimes. Other individuals that were arrested were the following: Lea Niles Y Canja @Susan, Xian Flores Batiken, Rodrigo Benlot Y Himino @Morri, Felix Policher Y Baquilta @Rusi, Analyn Flores y Matusada @Myniel, Crispin T Diano and Juravilla Baloy Y Eno. 

The troops were able to capture the following materials in their possession: 1 Caliber .9mm Glock17 pistol; 3 Caliber .45mm pistols; 2 Hand Grenades;  1 unit Caliber .357 revolver  with  5 serviceable ammos;  81 rounds of  ammunitions;  6 pcs magazine assemble for Cal. 9mm and .45mm pistol; 1 set of Dental Instruments ( 1 pack of Dental Needle and 2 packs of Lidocaine Hydrochloride);   2 sets donation envelope;  2 sets of colored Black and Pink wrist watch; 1 black cellphone holder; 1 set of computer printer; 1 pc of Land Bank savings passbook; 2 pcs of Books of National Democratic Front (NDF) manuals; 3 sets of case folder of shooting incident case in Guihulngan City; One (1) Docket/Resolution document; One (1) set of Subpoena document; personal letters to other NPA leaders; assorted medical and dental tools;  1 colored black medical first aid kit bag; 1 pc colored red stethoscope; 1 piece IV catheter; 1 ML syringe and 12 pcs disposable dental needle; 1 pc pressure therapy manual and other subversive documents with high intelligence value. 

The apprehended NPA leaders are currently detained at the Guihulngan City Police Station where appropriate charges are being readied against them.

Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, 303rd Infantry Brigade Commander said in his statement that, “The arrest is another setback to the Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) operating in the Negros Island area, and a victory to the government’s anti-terrorism drive. With their capture, we expect demoralization and disarray among their ranks especially on CN1 who continue to suffer defeats against our troops. 

I commend the elements of 62IB and the PNP in their joint efforts that resulted to the apprehension of CPP-NPA leaders. Pursue the remaining NPAs in Central Negros and do not give them the opportunity to regroup. I want you to go hard after them relentlessly until they give up their arms and surrender to the government” Colonel Pasaporte added.