By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – A man believed to be the most wanted person in Compostela Valley (ComVal), who was also an official of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in the province, and his companion were reportedly killed in a joint police and military operation on Sunday, First Lt. Amadeuz VJ R. Celestial, Civil Military Operations (CMO) officer (S7) of the Army’s 60th Infantry (Mediator) Battallion (60th IB), said.
In a statement sent to The Manila Bulletin on Monday, the 60th IB CMO officer identified the fatality as Jay Mendoza, who was also known as Ka Pogs, and his companion, known only as Ondoy.
They were killed in an exchange of gunfire with government authorities at Mendoza’s safehouse in Laak, ComVal.
Government authorities were about to serve four warrants on Mendoza when the suspect and his cohort allegedly resisted arrest, and decided to shoot it out with the authorities, the 60th IB CMO officer claimed.
The Laak Municipal Police Station (MPS), assisted by the 60th IB, were set to serve four warrants for Mendoza for double murder with double frustrated murder, robbery in band, and serious illegal detention when he and Ondoy started firing at the arresting party.
“This prompted our authorities to return fire with them (suspects),” Celestial claimed.
Mendoza was said to be the Deputy Secretary of the NPA's Guerilla Front 2, Sub-regional Committee 2 of the CPP-NPA Southern Mindanao Regional Command (SMRC), a member Executive Committee, SRC2, SMRC, and Head, RSOG, SRC2, SMRC, the 60th IB added.