Wednesday, March 9, 2016

NPA’s Front Secretary Arrested

CALINAN District, Davao City– Joint elements from 84th Infantry Battalion (IB); PNP Calinan; CIDG; 10th MIB; and ISAFP units arrested Ruditha Rosete Gaylawan alias“Aya/Tess/Apple/Massi/Masang, Front Secretary 54 of the CPP/NPA around 9:00 a.m., March 8, 2016 in Purok 21, Sitio Highland, Brgy Upper Sirib, Calinan District, Davao City. Recovered from Ruditha are 1 Cal .45 pistol with magazine and 6 ammunition; 2 M67 Hand grenades; 2 Improvise Explosive Device (IEDs); assorted medicines; and subversive documents. Ruditha was immediately brought to Calinan Police Station 10, and further referred to Davao City Police Office for filing of appropriate charges and proper disposition.

During further verification, the suspect has warrant of arrest for murder with criminal case # 20502, issued by RTC Branch 1, Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

The soldiers of 84th IB were on security patrol in the area following reports on the presence of suspected Lawless Armed Group (LAG).

AFP-PNP intelligence units also identified Ruditha as the Secretary of Front 54 of the CPP/NPA operating within 3rd District of Davao City involved in various criminal activities.

84th IB Commander Lt. Col. Louie Villanueva said that the people in the area are very active in reporting presence and activities of suspected LAG. “It only shows that the people are already tired of manipulation and exploitation being made by these group. People are craving for development but these lawless elements are preventing it so that they can recruit people by advertising the government’s fault. The government is always willing and open to help those who wish to return to the folds of the law and join the mainstream of society”, Lt. Col. Villanueva said

Source: S7, 84th Infantry Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, Philippine Army

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