SAGAY CITY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL – Three ranking personalities of Komiteng Rehiyon-Negros/Cebu/Bohol/Siquijor (KR-NCBS) of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) were nabbed in a joint Army and PNP operation at Sitio Victory, Brgy Minapasok, Calatrava, Negros Occidental at around 5 o’clock in the afternoon, July 30, 2020 (Thursday).
The troops of 79th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army together with the elements of 6th Special Action Battalion of PNP-Special Action Force and Calatrava Municipal Police Station responded in a joint interagency operation to the reports of the concerned citizens from the said barangay. The local folks were complaining about the presence of NPAs in their barangay, who were in extortion activities and reportedly taking undue advantage of establishing harbor in some of the residences in the area.
The quick reaction of the troops resulted to the capture of a certain Cristell Abordo alias Dulay/Matt (Regional Communication/Intelligence Staff of KR-NCBS and former Medical Staff of Regional Strike Force), Mary dem Forones alias Nancy/Mia/Ayon (Regional Intelligence Secretary/PI ROC and Executive Committee Member of KR-NCBS) and Rossine Enyong alias Lemay/Digna/Angel/Mary Joy (PSR Listed and GP/MO, SYP Platoon of CN1). Also captured from their possession are the following: one (1) M14 rifle, three (3) .38 revolver, four (4) rifle grenades, eight (8) cellular phones, medical supplies and subversive documents. Said individuals and items are now under the custody of Calatrava Municipal Police Station for proper disposition and filing of appropriate charges.
Lt. Col. Gerard Alvaran, 79thIB Commanding Officer lauded the successful joint inter-agency operation that led to the apprehension of said NPA personalities, with the active help and cooperation from the peace-loving residents of Barangay Minapasok. “It is a clear manifestation that the people of Calatrava are really tired of being pestered by the presence of the CPP-NPA terrorists who extort money and recruit innocent citizens in their area.”
“While the joint AFP-PNP operations will continue to pursue these communist terrorists, I once again urge the victims of their deceptive recruitment in Northern Negros to return to the folds of the law, avail of the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) and live a normal life in the mainstream society with your families and loved ones.” Alvaran added.