A joint operation between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police (PNP) resulted to the apprehension of a suspected high ranking official of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (NPA) at Carlos P Garcia, Bohol on September 17, 2020.
43-year old Junifie Dagale aka “Chang”, “Tanya”, “Habagat” and “Inang”, was arrested by virtue of a Warrant of Arrest for the crime of Murder issued by Judge Virginia D Tehano-Ang of Branch 1, RTC 11, Tagum City, Davao del Norte.
Currently, Dagale, is one of the leader of the Intelligence Unit of Regional Operational Command under the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee operating in Davao Region.
The joint forces cornered the subject in her residence, allegedly the house of her husband’s relative in Barangay Aguining in Carlos P Garcia town when authorities served the warrant at 8:30 a.m.
Dagale became an activist turned into a leader of the Guerilla Front 33 operating in Davao Region.
According to military reports, Dagale is involved in some major acts of terrorism such as raids, arson, kidnapping and ambush using Improvised Explosive Device (IED) targeting government forces and civilians.
As a member of intelligence unit she was involved in the treacherous raids in Linda Patrol Base, Nabunturan, Davao de Oro in 2008, Napungas Patrol Base in Asuncion, Davao del Norte in 2010, and the Earth Savers Security Agency in Libertad, Butuan City in 2012.
In 2013, the subject was also involved in the abduction of Compostela Provincial Jail Warden in Panabo City, Davao del Norte; likewise involved in the planned ambush of government troops and members of the DSWD in 2014 at Kapalong, Davao del Norte that caused the death of an army officer.
Two more raids were executed in 2015 targeting the Mining Compound in Monkayo, Davao de Oro and Mati Police station.
The recent attacks implicating Dagale were on April 2017 when her group led the destruction and burning of a plastic plant owned by Lapanday Corporation in Buhangin District and a Farm owned by a prominent Lorenzo family in Calinan District both in Davao City.
Dagale is an expert in the deception and exploitation of mass and youths with the CPP-NPA-NDF fraud ideologies. As a member of the Intelligence Unit, her recruited youths became members of “Asdang Kultura”, a pseudo-cultural theater group composed of children and teenage youths, and were harnessed for gathering information and monitoring of the presence of government troops during assaults.
The successful apprehension of Dagale simply means that the Province of Bohol is not a safe haven for NPA members who want to hide and flee from their outrages. Boholanos are far more vigilant in sending reports whenever they see new faces around their community