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TWO most wanted persons were nabbed in Quezon City early morning of Friday during manhunt operations by the Philippine National Police (PNP) against wanted criminals.

Nabbed were Julieta Gomez y Tawide alias “Tina,” 39 years old, and Niezel Velasco y Duaso, alias “Mary Jane Velasco,” 39 years old.

Citing reports of Police Major General Albert Ignatius Ferro, Director, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), PNP Chief Guillermo Eleazar said that the manhunt operation and serving of the Warrant of Arrest was conducted by joint elements of Regional Field Unit NCR (Lead), Quezon City District Field Unit (QC-DFU), Regional Field Unit – National Capital Region (RFU NCR), Regional Intelligence Division – Police Regional Office 13 (RID-PRO 13), Police Station 9 – Quezon City Police District (PS9-QCPD), and AFP Intelligence counterparts.

The two suspects have outstanding Warrants of Arrest for the crime of murder and two cases of attempted murder, issued in Tandag City, Surigao Del Sur, and in Cabadbaran City, Agusan Del Norte.

Confiscated from the suspects’ possession were one unit 9 mm Parabellum, one 9 mm magazine with 14 pieces live ammo, 10 pieces rifle barrels, 8 pieces subversive documents (books and booklets), one New People’s Army (NPA) flag, 1,000 pieces of caliber 7.62 live ammunition, firearm accessories, grenades and cellphones.

The inventory of the confiscated items were witnessed by the Barangay Chairman, Joseph Mahusay and Barangay Tanod Zane Cezar, both from Brgy. Pansol, Quezon City.

Eleazar said Updated Periodic Status Reports of known CPP-NPA personalities in the CARAGA Region identified Gomez as Secretary of the Regional Urban Committee; Deputy Secretary of the Regional White Area Committee; Member of Regional Tax Implementing Group; and Member of the North Eastern Mindanao, Regional Party Committee (NEMRPC).

Gomez is accused in six separate criminal cases for Murder (2 cases), Attempted Murder (two counts), violation of International Humanitarian Law, and Attempted Homicide. She is listed in police records as the 2nd Most Wanted Person in Caraga region while Velasco is identified as Regional Liason Officer of NEMRPC and is facing criminal charges for Attempted Murder.

Gomez is accused in the Murder of Zaldy Martinez and Datu Bernardino Astudillo, both civilian Manobo tribesmen and former NPA members on March 19, 2020 in San Miguel, Surigao Del Sur.

She is also accused in the shooting of PFC Junreo Cornelio and CAFGU militiaman Emiliano Sayot Jr. in Brgy. Poblacion 2, Santiago, Agusan Del Norte in Nov 21, 2020,; and the wounding of CAFGU militiaman Mariel Doliano on January 18, 2018 in San Agustin, Surigao Del Sur.

The NEMRPC of the CPP-NPA is tagged as responsible in a series of arson and sabotage incidents on industries and infrastructure in the Caraga region, mostly targeting business and construction companies that are the subject of extortion activities, the Chief PNP said.

The CPP-NPA NEMRPC figured in yet another incident of arson and sabotage on Thursday (July 15) at the CAGA 3 Platinum Groups of Metal Corporation (PGMC) Sitio Kinalablaban, Brgy. Cagdianao, Claver, Surigao del Norte when some 20 communist terrorists belonging to Guerilla Front 16 led by a certain Jacob burned six backhoe excavators of CKDI and Queens Contractors.

Eleazar said the arrest of Gomez and Velasco is the product of Case Operational Plan (COPLAN) “Tina” approved by PRO13 Regional Director, PBGen. Romeo Caramat upon recommendation of the 7-man Regional Special Project Review Board and subsequently revalidated by the National Special Projects Review Board of the Directorate for Intelligence.

I commend our personnel for another successful extensive manhunt and surveillance operations to bring Wanted Persons to the folds of justice and answer for the crimes they committed. Isang patunay na ang ating Intensified Cleanliness Policy ay magtutuloy-tuloy sa layuning linisin ang ating kumunidad sa pamamagitan ng mas pinaigting na kampanya kontra kriminalidad, terorismo at ilegal na droga,” Eleazar said.

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