Pastor Dan, alleged NPA member, arrested in Albay

Published May 2, 2021, 4:23 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

Police have arrested a 61-year old man who is allegedly a member of the New People’s Army (NPA) operating in Bicol during a raid in his house in Sto. Domingo town of Albay early Sunday morning, May 2.

Maj. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro, director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), identified the arrested suspect as Danilo Balucio, who carries the alias Pastor Dan.

Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested Danilo Balucio, alias Pastor Dan, who is tagged as a member of the New People’s Army.

During the operation, Ferro said his men confiscated a handgun with several bullets, a hand grenade and a flag identified with the Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA.

He said the operation was carried out after his men were tipped of the location of Balucio whom he said is facing two criminal charges.

Balucio, including the recovered pieces of evidence are presently at the custody of CIDG Albay Provincial Field Unit.

Police have stepped up the campaign against communist insurgency in the past months as President Duterte vowed to end CPP-NPA before his term ends next year.

Several activists have been arrested in the past months, while some would end up killed in alleged police operations.