2 suspected NPAs arrested, 11 others detained and released

Published July 11, 2018, 6:14 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Yas Ocampo

DAVAO CITY — Two suspected high ranking members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army were turned over to the Bukidnon Regional Trial Court after an inter-agency law enforcement operation in Barangay Lagao, General Santos City last week.

Arrested were Maria Limbaga Unabia alias Del of Koronadal, South Cotabato and Francis Madria alias Kiang, of Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

The two were arrested by virtue of warrants of arrest in CC NO. 29243-16 and CC NO. 29241-16 and 29242-16 for murder, frustrated murder, and attempted murder issued by the Regional Trial Court in Bukidnon.

Likewise, 11 persons were also arrested and were charged for Violation of PD 1829 obstruction of justice after they tried to prevent the arresting team from executing the Warrant of Arrest against the two suspects.

The 11 arrested persons were detained at General Santos Police Office pending their commitment order by the court and other legal procedures.

The others were granted bail after Judge Emilio O Quianzon Jr., Vice Executive Judge of the City Trial Court allowed the group to post bail of P36,000 on July 6.

The Inter-Agency Law Enforcement Operation came after an Intelligence Report claimed the personnel was “planning” the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte.

General Santos police are seeking a warrant to search electronic gadgets confiscated from those arrested.

Lt. General Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr., Commander Eastern Mindanao Command, directed his subordinates to intensify security operations.

“While we are protecting our communities from atrocities, let us further intensify our security operations to deny the terrorist group from conducting atrocities and subversive acts in furtherance of the directive of the communist leadership to oust President Duterte illegally,” Gen. Madrigal Jr. said.

The suspects are currently in the custody of the BJMP in Bukidnon.