Bancasi, Butuan City – A Joint Law Enforcement Operation conducted by the Philippine Army together with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 13, and Philippine National Police Regional Office 13 resulted to the killing of a top CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) leader around 11 o’clock in the morning, February 5, 2020 at Rosales St., Brgy 15, San Ignacio, Butuan City.

The killed Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) top leader was identified as certain Manuel Gilo y Magante alias Jino/Saldo. He is the Finance Officer of the Regional Operations Command and at the same time the Head of Intel, Special Operations Group of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC).

The troops of the aforementioned joint law enforcement operation were supposedly to serve Warrants of Arrest against Magante for the crimes of Robbery with Homicide (CC Nr. 5762) and Robbery (CC Nr. 5718) issued by Executive Judge Hilarion P Clapis Jr of the11th Judicial Region, Branch 3, Nabuturan, Davao de Oro.

However, during the serving of the WOs, Magante fired at the arresting officers resulting to a brief firefight leading to his death. The arresting officers recovered the following: One (1) Cal .45 pistol with serial number 738406; One (1) magazine for Cal .45 pistol; Seven (7) rounds Cal .45 ammunitions; One (1) XLR 200 Honda motorcycle with plate number MO 4686; One (1) unit Nokia cellphone ; and One (1) Lenovo Laptop.

According to Brigadier General Maurito L. Licudine, 402nd Brigade Commander in Caraga, Magante was also involved in numerous violent atrocities targeting military personnel and civilians, to wit: Murder of Datu Ruben Labawan in 2015; Abduction of Jail Warden Coquilla of Compostela in 2015; Abduction and murder of Loreto, Agusan del Sur Mayor Dario O.

Otaza and his son Darryl O. Otaza in Butuan City last 2015; Attack of the mining compound of the late Mayor Brillantes in Brgy Olaycon, Monkayo carting away 74 assorted HPFAs in 2016; Disarming of the Peace & Order personnel of Brgy Mahungcog, Magpet in 2016; Synchronized Attack of Lorenzo Residence in Calinan, Davao City; Burning of Lapanday Corp. Plastic Plant in Mandug, Davao City in 2017; Burning of Macondray Corp. Plastic Plant in Panabo City in 2017; and Burning of Construction Company heavy equipment in Brgy Callawa, Davao City in 2018.

“The excellent partnership between and among the law enforcement agencies became the key piece of this victory of the people. Justice has been served for all the sufferings and deaths Magante had incurred to the people. It is a testament that the long arms of justice will catch these CNTs. They can run but they cannot hide for long. It is tragic that they take up arms against the government. I reiterate once again the government’s call for the CNTs to avail the E-CLIP, surrender and go back to their families”, BGen. Licudine added.