Joint AFP-PNP Operation nabs suspect in IP leader slay in Agusan del Norte

Del Pilar, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte – A notorious Milisya ng Bayan (MB) and a suspect in an IP Leader slay was nabbed in a joint Law Enforcement and Security Operations (LESO) of the 29th Infantry Battalion and Jabonga Municipal Police Station yesterday evening May 28, 2019 at Sitio Madbad, Purok 9, Brgy Bangonay, Jabonga, ADN.

Junie Bitoon Pinao alias Dodong/Jomar is a member of Milisyang Bayan operating in the same town was arrested by virtue of a warrant of arrest (WOA) with Criminal Case # CR-19-09 (Attempted Murder) issued by 10th Judicial Region Branch 34, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte with bail bond amounting to ₱120,000.00.

Alias Dodong/Jomar is one (1) of the suspects in the killing of Datu Rodito Boklas on May 20, 2019 at Sitio Amontay, Barangay Bangonay, Jabonga, ADN.

He was also tagged in the slay of a certain Romie Dejolde Jr at Sitio Dakulang, Purok 9, Bangonay, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte last June 13, 2018.

As of this time, Pinao is detained at the Jabonga Municipal Police Station awaiting inquest proceedings after the conduct of medico legal at Jabonga District Hospital.

Lt. Col Isagani O Criste, Commanding Officer 29th Infantry (Matatag) Battalion called out to the CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) to stop the armed struggle and abandon the futile revolution because surely the long arms of justice will catch them, “Justice will be served. Pinao must face the consequences of his actions contrary to the supposed “for the masses” propaganda of the CNTs who only sow terror to communities, blatantly disregarding the value of human lives and a crime punishable under the revised penal code and the IHL Act”.

In his statement, Col Maurito L. Licudine, Commander of 402nd Infantry Brigade, lauded the efforts of the 29IB under Lt Col Criste in ensuring that CNTs wrecking havoc and murdering innocent civilians will face justice that the families sought for a long time, “I commend the joint LESO of the 29IB and PNP couterparts in capturing Pinao. Killing people is not the way to resolve our society’s problem. We must publicly condemn the atrocities of the CNTs. I urge local leaders to stand for justice and in solidarity speak aloud so that we can amplify our voices seeking for justice against these terrorists”.

“The remaining CNTs must surrender or face the consequences of being captured or killed. It is now their opportunity to avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) and start anew for their families and peaceful community’s sake”, Col Licudine added.

Militia ng Bayan (MB) is a community based Militia of the CPP-NPA-NDF guarding them in the community who serves as eyes and ears, messengers and couriers of the CNTs. They can be issued firearms to harass and attack CAFGU detachments and Army camps, ambush government troops and execute key leaders and other unsupportive personalities.