NPA leaders fall in Sagada-A A +A
Sunday, September 15, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Top ranking rebels fell into the hands of highland cops in Sagada town.
Government troops arrested a female finance officer of the New People's Army (NPA) on Monday in Sagada town, Mountain Province.
The rebel officer was identified as Ofelia Ibous Inong, also known as Mary Bautista Juan, Lolita Longuibis, Joy and Abel. She was also identified as the finance officer of the Kilusang Larangan Guerilla (KLG) operating in Mt. Province. She had a P2.05-million reward for her capture.
Longuibis and her cohorts were nabbed by a joint team of soldiers and policemen around 5 p.m. Monday in Sitio Mabbay, Poblacion village.
Another rebel, Rey Miguel Busania, known as Ramil but with multiple aliases (Eden, Arnel C. Dancel based on a school ID, and John Miguel Martinez based on his driver's license), was captured and known as the communications head of the Komiteng Region-Hilagang Silangan Luzon (KR-HSL). He had a bounty of P3.9 million.
Cordillera information Chief Davy Limmong said the arrests of the NPA members are part of a counter insurgency operations of the police.
Acting through gathered information, the arresting team pursued the local lodge in Poblacion, Sagada where the suspect was heard to have checked in. Police officers gathered subversive documents, a cellular phone, flash drive and cash amounting to P150,000.
Limmong said since the police took over an NPA camp in Sagada town weeks ago, rebels have no safe and secluded area to meet and train, making arrests easier for authorities.
In Abra town, a third person suspected to be an NPA member was likewise captured identified as Aileen Cruz, alias Ka Liza.
All three were charged with violation of Article 178 of the Revised Penal Code, using fictitious name and concealing true name, while their connection to other cases are still being investigated.
Cordillera Police Director Benjamin Magalong said the arrest of these top NPA leaders will have a big blow on the capability of the NPA operating in the different parts of the region.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 15, 2013.