TILING, Cauayan, NOC – The Army’s 15th Infantry (Molave Warrior) Battalion joint law enforcement operation with the Philippine National Police (PNP) of Negros Occidental apprehended four Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) terrorist officials in Sitio Mamposo, Brgy Magballo, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental on Friday, July 10, 2020.
Arrested were Emmylo Cañares alias Sid/Drey, 38 years old, a resident of South Poblacion, San Fernando, Cebu, a former Finance of Bohol Party Committee, and the current Secretary of the Second National Urban Center Party Committee (2NUCPC); George Buga-ay alias Samantha/Alexa, 42 years old, a resident of Brgy Orong, Kabankalan City, a former squad leader and Finance Logistics Officer of the Regional Strike Forces (RSF) of Kilusang Rehiyon Negros (KR-N), former Secretary-General PAMALAKAYA Negros and is currently the Regional Communication (RCOM) of KR-N; Relyn Moreno alias Sam, 22 years old, a resident t of Brgy Orong, Kabankalan City who is currently a Regional Communication (RCOM) staff of KR-N; and, Raffy Patajo alias Paolo, 21 years old, a resident of Sitio Montelo, Brgy Pinggot, Ilog, a former Squad Finance Logistic Officer (FLO) of Platoon 3 and Squad leader of Platoon 2, South West Front, KR-N and a Regional Communication Staff of KR-N.
The apprehension was a product of a Joint Intelligence Operation following the July 8 encounter between government troops and the CTGs in barangay Pinggot, Ilog, NOC. Recovered from their possession are the following firearms and explosives: One caliber .45 pistol; One .38 caliber revolver loaded with five ammunition’s; Four hand grenades; Cash amounting to Twenty Four Thousand Pesos (Php24,000); Assorted Cell phones and Chargers; Assorted USB’s; Subversive Documents and personal belongings.
15IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Erwin Cariño said that “Their arrest is a major setback to the CPP-NPA-NDF terrorist operating in the area of Negros Island and a victory of the government’s anti-terrorism drive. In coordination with the police, there will be more similar operations here in Negros. With the active help of the local populace, the CPP-NPA Terrorist will be suppressed and defeated.”
He added that the 15th IB will continue with its counter-terrorism and insurgency operations to ensure the safety and security of the people in its area of responsibility and attain the aspired peace and security that every Negrense truly deserves.
On the other hand, Colonel Noel Baluyan, Commander of the 302nd Infantry (Achiever) Brigade lauded the composite elements of the government forces for their joint efforts in apprehending the said CPP-NPA Terrorists who will face appropriate charges in court.
“Certainly, the arrest of these high ranking CNT personalities will cause a big blow on the terrorism and exploitation activities of the CNT and their organization in Negros Island,” Baluyan added.