Alleged NPA supply officer nabbed amid COVID-19 crisis

Published April 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Mike Crismundo

BUTUAN CITY – An alleged supply officer of the New People’s Army (NPA) was apprehended as military and police personnel conducted defense patrols in connection with the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Southern Mindanao.

According to Second Lt. Kim S. Carlos, Civil Military Operations (CMO) officer of the Army’s 71st Infantry Battalion (71st IB), a certain Ka Sam was arrested while the composite team was implementing the ECQ in Barangay Cadunan, Mabini, Davao de Oro on Wednesday, April 15.

The patrol was being conducted as part of the measures being undertaken to protect the public from the threats posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Ka Sam allegedly served as supply officer of the Weakened Guerilla Front 2 (WGF2) of the NPA which operates in the municipalities of Mawab, Maco, Mabini and Pantukan in Davao de Oro.
He was reportedly taken by surprise when government security forces accosted him to enforce warrants of arrest for robbery with homicide and multiple attempted murder that were issued against him by the Regional Trial Court of Nabunturan.

He was alleged involved in an armed encounter with elements of the 46th Infantry Battalion (46th IB) in 2018, and with 71st IB in April 2019, in the municipality of Mabini, Davao de Oro.

The joint defense patrol was launched by 71st IB and Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) of the police in relation to the strict implementation of ECQ, following reports from civilians that some NPAs continued to terrorize locals in the hinterlands forcing them to give and buy food and other supplies for the rebels even with the COVID-19 threat.

Tribal members in the municipality of Maco and Mabini earlier complained that the rebels trespassed into their ancestral domains which greatly affected the livelihood of the locals, Carlos added.