CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan, Capiz – The arrest of four (4) high-ranking CPP-NPA leaders in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental is a huge blow against the said terrorist organization says Major General Eric Vinoya, Commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and the AFP’s Joint Task Force Spear in Western and Central Visayas.
The statement was made after a successful law enforcement operations conducted by the combined elements of the 15th Infantry Battalion of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, Kabankalan City Police Station, and other AFP and PNP units in Sitio Mamposo, Brgy. Magballo, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental around 11:00 pm Friday, July 10, 2020.
Among the apprehended individuals were a certain Emmylo Cañares alias SID/CAT/DREY, 38 years old female and a resident of South Poblacion, San Fernando, Cebu and the current Secretary of the CPP’s 2nd National Urban Party Committee; George Buga-ay alias ALEXA/SAMANTHA, 42 years old male and a resident of Brgy. Orong, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental who acts as the Regional Communications Officer of the CPP-NPA in Negros, Cebu, Bohol, and Siquijor; Relyn Morino alias SAM, 22 years old female, also a resident of Brgy. Orong and a Regional Communications Staff of the CPP-NPA; and a certain Raffy Patajo alias PAULO, 21 years old male and a resident of Sitio Montelo, Brgy. Pinggot, Ilog, Negros Occidental and currently a Finance Logistics Officer of an NPA unit in southwestern Negros.
Recovered from the possession of the apprehended individuals are one (1) .45 caliber pistol, one (1) .38 caliber revolver loaded with five ammunitions, four (4) hand grenades, cash amounting to PhP119,354.00, subversive documents, and personal belongings.
Meanwhile, said apprehended individuals have been charged with violations of RA 10159 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunitions, and RA 9516 for illegal possession of explosives.
“The intensified law enforcement and combat operations being conducted jointly by your AFP and PNP units in Western and Central Visayas is an essential part in our government’s campaign to once and for all end the violence and terrorism being perpetrated by the CPP-NPA in this part of the country.” MGEN Vinoya further stressed.