MILITARY and police forces have arrested in a law enforcement operation two ranking leaders of the New People’s Army (NPA) in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, military officials announced on Monday, November 20.
Brigadier General Roseller Murillo, Army’s 1st Infantry Division commander, identified them as Leonardo Jacotin and Rosario Tabanao of the NPA’s Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC).
Murillo said they were arrested in a law enforcement operation by way of serving warrants of arrest around 9:45 p.m., Saturday, November 18, in the village Balangasan, Pagadian City.
Murillo said Jacotin is the logistic chief and head of the Ordnance and Explosives of the NPA’s Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC) while Tabanao is an executive commission member of the WMRPC and a finance officer.
He said Jacotin and Tabanao have standing warrants of arrest for their involvement in large-scale extortion activities and dealing of firearms and explosives as well as series of murder cases.
He said the arresting team seized from the possession of the two a caliber .45 pistol with eight ammunition; 50 rounds of ammunition for AK-47 assault rifle; a grenade; 10 identification cards; and, 17 units of cellular phones.
He said they were turned over to the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group for appropriate legal procedures. (SunStar Philippines)