Rebel leader nabbed in Mountain Province

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Thursday, April 10, 2014


A LEADER of the New People's Army was killed in a joint military offensive by the police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines on April 2.

Police Regional Office-Cordillera reported government security forces killed on April 2 a leader of the New People’s Army operating in the tri-borders of Abra, Mountain Province and Ilocos Sur provinces or AMPIS area during an encounter which started over the weekend.

PRO-Cordillera director Chief Superintendent Isagani Nerez identified the rebel leader as Daniel Pinading Alunday alias “Tikid” who is allegedly the Team Leader of Squad 2, West Chico Line of the Kilusang Larangan Guerilla Marco Command operating in Mt. Province.

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Another insurgent was also wounded during the internal security operation conducted by joint PNP and AFP forces.

“The PNP PRO-Cordillera, in joint operations with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, is currently conducting offensive internal security operations in the AMPIS area to liberate the communities from the stranglehold of armed groups, which harass, terrorize and commit atrocious acts against the people in the AMPIS area,” Nerez said.

According to Nerez, while PRO-Cordillera is offering the olive branch of peace to the armed groups, it is more than willing and ready to go to war against rebels.

“The people of Cordillera love peace, and we encourage our brothers in the mountains to help us attain peace by laying down their arms and return to the folds of the law. PRO-Cordillera wants peace, but we are also ready to go to war if our offer of peace is rejected,” Nerez reiterated his speech during his assumption into office last January.

Nerez added the internal security operation against the insurgents is also aimed to stop the criminal and illegal activities of the armed groups, which he said involves illegal logging, illegal mining and illegal drug trade in the AMPIS area.

“Our operation against the insurgents will continue as long as it takes in order to protect the people. We will continue to enforce the laws and to ensure public safety and security in the whole region,” Nerez said.

Police reports said Alunday was brought to Barangay Dalican in Bontoc, Mt. Province in the afternoon of April 6upon the request of the relatives, which the police claimed was facilitated by the Cordillera People’s Alliance and later brought to Balbalan town in Kalinga.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 11, 2014.

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