Saturday, October 24, 2020

Army, PNP apprehend NPA resource generating team in AgNor

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte
– Three (3) members of the New People’s Army (NPA) Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) in Agusan del Norte were successfully apprehended in their respective residences in a joint operation conducted by the 23rd Infantry Battalion and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Butuan City at around 5:45 on the afternoon of October 21, 2020.

The three (3) NPA members were identified as Sherlita Perales, alias Bago/Bebe/Nanay, legal age, female, married, and a resident of P-4, Brgy Caloc-an, Magallanes, Agusan del Norte; Honey Grace Kamanyan Perales alias Tisay, of legal age, a resident of the same area, and a member of Guerilla Front (GF) 4A of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) of the NPA; and Maniel Bahian, alias RIBO/REVO, of legal age and an Intel Staff Officer of GF-4A, NCMRC.

The three were apprehended by the joint forces of the 23rd IB, the Magallanes Municipal Police Station, Agusan del Norte Police Mobile Force Company (ADNPMFC) and Butuan City Police Office (BCPO).

Sherlita Perales has a standing arrest warrant for the violation of Republic Act 9516 under Criminal Case No. 2019-517 issued by Judge Eduardo S. Casals of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 2 in Butuan City while Honey Grace Kamanyan Perales is facing charges for Robbery in Band under Criminal Case No. 2019-610 in RTC Branch 5 in Butuan City.

Bahian, on the other hand, is charged with the crime of Arson under Criminal Case No. 2019-598 at RTC Branch 5 in Butuan C with no Bail Bond.

The three CNTs are members of the fund generating team of GF 4A who receive and collect extorted money and send it to Jelan Pinakilid alias BAKING, the Finance Officer, GF-4A, NCMRC, through money transfer.

“The arrest of the three CNT members is a big blow to the CNTs as we effectively cut their financial and other forms of support,” Paulo said.

The arrest will further weaken the remaining members of GF 4A in the area of Agusan del Norte and Butuan City.

“GF 4A is among the notorious CTG in Caraga Region and known for its extortion activities and harassments of villages especially in remote areas. For years, through the massive operations by the 23rd IB, this communist front is effectively debilitated with a handful of armed members remaining that threaten the local residents in remote areas,” Paulo said.

He emphasized that the Army will not stop in pursuing the remaining members of GF 4A until they make up their mind and go back to the fold of the law.

“We are always willing to help you to go back to normal life and we will never hesitate to assist you in availing the support of the government, especially from the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) for you to start a new life,” Paulo said.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Office, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force Diamond, PA

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