Top NPA leaders, 7 others arrested in Negros Oriental

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CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan Capiz – The Army’s 62nd Infantry Battalion (62IB) joint law enforcement operation with the Philippine National Police (PNP) of Negros Occidental arrested five high-ranking officials of Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) Terrorists in Barangay Buenavista, in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental on Saturday, September 19, 2020.

Arrested through virtue of arrest warrants issued by Judge Mario Trinidad were Nona Espinosa alias Aba or Gelay, current Deputy Front Secretary, CN1 of Komiteng Rehiyon Negros/Cebu/Bohol/Siquijor (KR-NCBS) and Adidas Acero alias Baldo or BJ, Vice Commanding Officer of Leonardo Panaligan Command. Espinona and Acero have seven warrants of arrest for various crimes.

Other arrested individuals were Lea Niles Y Canja alias Susan; Xian Flores Batiken; Rodrigo Benlot Y Himino alias Morri; Felix Policher Y Baquilta alias Rusi; Analyn Flores y Matusada alias Myniel; Crispin T Diano, and Juravilla Baloy Y Eno.

Captured from their possession are the following firearms and explosives: one (1) glock pistol; one (1) caliber 45 pistol; two (2) hand grenades and various subversive documents.

Major General Eric Vinoya, the Commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division said that the arrest of five ranking officials of CPP-NPA communist terrorists was part of 3ID’s aggressive and intensified campaign against insurgency and wanted persons in attaining a peaceful Negros Island.

“We are doubling our efforts and strategies to cease these communist-terrorists from staging more terror. Our troops together with the PNP will be conducting more joint law enforcement operations to permanently disable not only their terroristic activities but also their organization,” Major General Vinoya said.

“The successful arrest of high-ranking officials of the communist-terrorist group likewise shows that our government’s anti-terrorism drive is effective”.

“A breakthrough to our anti-insurgency effort and a major setback to the anti-peace and anti-people activities of the CPP-NPA Terrorist in the island of Negros,” Vinoya stressed.

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