By Yas Ocampo
DAVAO CITY – The Davao City Police Office has received custody of injured New People’s Army (NPA) leader Elizalde Cañete, also known as Ka Jinggoy, after he recovered from a hospital arrest in Bukidnon today.
Cañete was turned over to Davao City police after he was flown in from Bukidnon.
The rebel was held in a hospital in the area after suffering a head injury. Cañete allegedly replaced infamous NPA commander Leoncio “Ka Parago” Pitao in leading the NPA’s Pulang Bagani Company.
Police and military forces moved in on the rebel leader after hearing word he was getting treatment.
This however irked the New people’s Army (NPA), which sought for Cañete’s release as a hors de combat, under the international humanitarian law (IHL). The IHL seeks to limit the effects of the armed conflict.
In an earlier interview, Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) spokesperson Maj. Ezra Balagtey told the Manila Bulletin that the military adhered to all international humanitarian laws on keeping of prisoners of war.
Police said Cañete will be facing at least 12 cases in Davao City, where most of the cases against the rebel leader were filed.
Cañete was believed to be the leader of the NPAs when it attacked a banana packing plant in Barangay Tigatto here last year.
A 31-year-old fish vendor, Larry Buenafe, was killed after a shrapnel of a command-detonated improvised explosive device (IED) hit him.
A Task Force Davao Simba Tank provided reinforcement to troops trying to repel the attack in May 2017. The NPA, meanwhile, anticipated the Simba attack and planted a command-detonated IED.