By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Joint operation of the Philippine Army’s 62nd Infantry Battalion (62IB) and Philippine National Police (PNP) in Negros island led to the arrest of two high ranking officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Barangay Buenavista, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental recently.
Arrested by the virtue of arrest warrants issued by Judge Mario Trinidad were Nona Espinosa Acero 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 alias Susan, Xian Flores Batiken, Rodrigo Benlot alias Morri, Felix Policher alias Rusi, Analyn Flores alias Myniel, Crispin Diano, and Juravilla Baloy.
Recovered from their possession were one glock pistol, one caliber 45 pistol, two hand grenades, and various subversive documents.
Major General Eric Vinoya, commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division(3ID), said that the arrest of the two high ranking officials of CPP-NPA 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,” Vinoya said.
“The successful arrest of the 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./DGB, WDJ