Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Joint AFP-PNP Elements Arrest Wanted NPA Leader

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur - Joint AFP and PNP elements in Region 13 arrested Ricardo Manili alias Joker of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) of the New People’s Army (NPA) on May 2, 2016 in Brgy Remedios, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur. 

Alias Joker was arrested in a joint checkpoint of the 23rd Infantry Battalion, PNP’s Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) 13 and Military Intelligence Group 16, Intelligence Service Armed Forces of the Philippines after the vehicle they were riding made a fast U-turn before reaching the COMELEC-sanctioned checkpoint. During the brief chase, the passengers of the unmarked Starex van tried to flee by foot prompting the operatives to pin them to the ground. A soldier immediately identified alias Joker as one of the passengers prompting the thorough search of the vehicle after all the passengers were accounted for.

Among those recovered from their possession were 3 handguns, a hand grenade, blasting caps, holsters and items of high intelligence value.

Alias Joker is currently the Commander of the Sub-Regional Committee 3 of the NCMRC and concurrent GF Secretary of GF 4A of the CPP/NPA. He has several standing Warrants of Arrest for Multiple Murders, Arsons, Robbery and Homicide committed in Agusan and nearby provinces in his more than 40 years in the NPA. He gain notoriety for always evading gov’t troops after each crime committed in Agusan del Norte and has attacked the Carmen Town Hall twice in the past where policemen were killed and others were wounded. His six (6) other companions during the arrest are still being identified.

Several LGUs and businessmen in Agusan Province congratulated and thanked the 401st Brigade Commander Col. Cristobal Zaragoza for the relentless security effort being undertaken by his units to ensure the security of their province.

Source: S7, 401st Infantry Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army

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