AUTHORITIES arrested on Monday another ranking official of the New People's Army (NPA) in Compostela Valley.
Joint elements of the police and military conducted an operation and captured Allan Montecalvo around 5 p.m. at Purok Sta. Cruz in Lupon, Davao Oriental.
The military identifed Montecalvo alias Em-am as the political adviser of the NPA's Guerilla Front 27 and the Sub-Regional Committee (SRC) 2.
He was arrested by virtue of the warrant of arrest issued by Judge Virginia D. Tejano-Ang of RTC, 11th Judicial Region in Tagum City for illegal possession of firearm.
After his arrest, Montecalvo was brought to Lupon Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.
In a statement, Colonel Macairog Alberto, chief of the Army's 1001st Infantry Brigade, said residents of Compostela Valley themselves have turned against presence of rebel groups in their area.
"They are already resisting the presence of NPA and they've been very cooperative in providing us the necessary information to locate any armed group," Alberto said.
He lauded the residents for the success of the arrest of Guerilla Front 2 Secretary alias Marlon earlier and the recent capture of Montecalvo.
"We thank the people for their willingness and initiative to end the armed struggle and finally allow peace to reign in the region," he said.