ACTING on instructions of Philippine National Police chief, General Debold M. Sinas, the PNP Intelligence Group headed by Brigadier Gen. Edgar S. Monsalve is now embarking on more ‘intelligence-driven’ operations to neutralize the country’s most wanted terrorists and other criminals, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
Gen. Sinas also reminded officers and men of the PNP-IG backed up by troops from the PNP Special Action Force headed by Major Gen. Bernabe M. Balba in their campaign against terror, to fully adhere to the rule of law and strictly observe their duty to preserve human.
Amid the release of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 11479, otherwise known as the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, the PNP leadership said the PNP-IG and PNP-SAF will be the lead PNP units tasked to go after terror groups specifically those operating in the Southern Philippines.
Gen. Sinas also said that with the Executive Order No 70 and the National Task Force To End Local Communist Armed Conflict, “we were challenged by the President to combat the terrorists, Red Area and White Area operations and participate in the ‘whole of nation approach.’
“We will be winning the hearts and minds of the people and we will do our part to end insurgencies,” the 25th PNP chief said.
The PNP-IG and the PNP-SAF are under strict orders to fully follow the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 11479 otherwise known as The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 which ensures the protection of human rights and follow the rule of law.
The IRR of the law defines a ‘terrorist individual’ as ‘any natural person who commits any of the acts defined and penalized under RA 11479’ while ‘terrorist organization, association or group of persons’ refer to any entity organized for the purpose of engaging in terrorism or to those proscribed under Section 26 of the Act or the United Nations Security Council-designated terrorist organizations.
This month, a series of ‘intelligence-driven operations’ spearheaded by agents of the PNP-IG had resulted in the neutralization of five of the country’s most wanted terrorists and criminals in separate anti-criminality operations in the countryside, the Journal Group learned.
Monsalve said two of the suspects who are both wanted terrorists were killed in separate gunbattles while the three others were captured.
He said one of the suspects identified as Anatalio Apdian, the most wanted person in Northern Mindanao who carries a P300,000 bounty on his head, was arrested in a Regional Intelligence Unit 10 and 12-led operation in Purok 10, Barangay Tinagacan, General Santos City at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday.
Monsale said with the help of officers from the Police Regional Office 12 headed by Brig. Gen. Michael John F. Dubria, his men arrested the suspect on the strength of a warrant of arrest for murder issued by Judge Faustian Llesis-Gentiles of the Cagayan de Oro City Regional Trial Court Branch 40 with no bail recommended on April 30, 1996.
Another suspect identified as Danilo Elbano Jr., the 8th most wanted person in Samar, was arrested by RIU8 operatives with the help of operatives from the PNP Special Action Force and the Calbayog City Police Station.
A caliber .38 pistol was recovered from the possession of the suspect who is the subject of the warrant of arrest for multiple murder issued by Judge Ernesto Peñaflor of the Calbayog City RTC Branch 32. No bail was recommended for the suspect’s temporary liberty.
According to Monsalve, the suspect is a known member of the Managaysay Private Armed Group operating in Samar.
The 3rd suspect identified as Leopoldo Glema, the no. 1 most wanted man in Leyte was arrested by RIU 8 officers on 111-B, 8th Avenue in East Rembo, Makati City, on the basis of a warrant of arrest for five counts of rape issued by Judge Emelinda Maguilan of the Carigara, Leyte RTC Branch 13 on July 12 2019.
The 4th identified as Salip Adzhar Alijam, a known member of the ISIS-inspired Abu Sayyaf Group was killed in a gunbattle with RIU9 and PRO9 operatives in Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay.
A caliber .45 pistol with a magazine containing eight live ammunition, a Garand rifle with 16 bullets and a fragmentation grenade were recovered from the suspect who exchanged fire with officers about to arrest him on the strength of a search warrant for illegal possession of explosives and firearms issued by Judge Vicente dela Plaza of the Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay RTC Branch 26.
Monsalve said the suspect is wanted for his role in the kidnapping of six Indonesian fishermen in the waters of Sabah, Malaysia on August 3, 2016.
The 2nd most wanted terrorist identified as Jasser Nilong was killed in a firefight with RIU12 and PRO12 officers inside the Migyz Inn in Purok Hiligaynon, Bgy. Saliao Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat last Wednesday.
Monsalve said the suspect is known as the leader of the Dawlah Islamiyah Nilong Group wanted for its involvement in a General Santos City bombing, the assassination of a local policeman identified as Captain Herman Gabat and the ambush on several Polomolok policemen.
Recovered from the slain suspect were a cal. .45 pistol, two 60mm mortar warheads, rifle grenade with bull trap, electric blasting cap and an improvised explosive device placed inside an empty M-230 shell.