THE two informants who shared details about the whereabouts of two leaders of the New People’s Army (NPA) who were arrested in Negros Occidental last week will receive a reward money of P100,000 money each.
Major General Jon Aying, commander of 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, said Wednesday, October 25, that Aurora Cayon and Louie Antonio Martinez, also known as Louie Castro, both holding key positions in the communist group, were arrested about a week after they arrived in the province.
He said the authorities were “very lucky” as he cited the efforts of the national intelligence units and its local counterparts and the cooperation of the populace.
“In fact, I have already collected P200,000 for the informants – P100,000 each – and those who worked for the capture of the two national personalities” of the rebel group, Aying said.
He said the two suspects came to the province because “they believed the leadership in Negros Island is weak.”
“Their capacity to mobilize, radicalize, recruit and strengthen their organization is not enough. So these two national personalities were here to provide them guidance, direction, give them tips on some of their experiences on how they are stronger in Mindanao,” Aying said.
However, “our intel(ligence) units are not sleeping,” he added.
Aying said they were already under surveillance when they reached the province.
Last Thursday, October 19, the two suspects were arrested by joint police and military operatives in Barangay Dulao, Bago City.
The two suspects yielded a caliber .45 pistol, a hand grenade, magazines, and ammunition during their arrest.
Cayon is facing charges for robbery with violence or intimidation of person and arson while Martinez is facing murder and multiple attempted murder, and a local court has issued warrants of arrest against them.
On Tuesday, Philippine National Police Chief Ronald de la Rosa presented the suspects to the media in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
He said Cayon was a staff member of the National Finance Commission of the NPA while Martinez was the national military staff and logistics officer of the rebel group.