NPA leader nabbed in South Cotabato

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Saturday, May 3, 2014


A TOP-RANKING officer of the New People's Army (NPA), wanted for several cases, was arrested in Barangay San Roque, Tampakan town, South Cotabato Friday afternoon.

Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) Public Information Office head Captain Alberto Caber identified the suspect as Felix Armodia, aka Jing and Jade, secretary of the NPA Guerilla Front 72.

Caber said the group is operating in Davao del Sur, South Cotabato and Tulunan, North Cotabato.

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He added that the Armodia has been tagged in the series of attacks on plantations and construction firms that refused to give in to their demands.

Personnel of the South Cotabato Provincial Police Office and Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division arrested Armodia at 12:45 p.m. following the three warrants of arrest issued by the Regional Trial Court of Bansalan town and Digos City in Davao del Sur, and Kidapawan City in North Cotabato.

Caber said the suspect was earlier charged with murders, robbery with violence, and illegal detention, among other cases. He also said the arrest was made after a concerned citizen informed authorities on the whereabouts of the suspect.

It was learned that Armodia was the leader of around 50 NPA rebels who attacked Matanao Municipal Police Station in Davao del Sur, March 10, which resulted in the death of two policemen and three others wounded, while nine rebels were arrested in a pursuit operation.

Eastmincom Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier G. Cruz III thanked the residents and the security forces involved in the arrest of the notorious communist rebel.

"There should be no let-up of pursuit operations against those responsible in the series of attacks to civilians and civilian properties in Eastern Mindanao. The public is now aware that their role in peace and security in the region is vital to the success of the security operations," Cruz said.

Armodia is now detained at the Digos City Police Office awaiting for the trial of his cases.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 04, 2014.

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