ACTING on orders of Philippine National Police chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde, the PNP Intelligence Group (PNP-IG) headed by Brigadier General Edgar S. Monsalve yesterday said they are further intensifying efforts to account for most wanted New People’s Army personalities and convince more of their members to yield and return to the mainstream society.
“This is part of our effort to support the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict headed by President Duterte himself,” said Monsalve as he ordered all PNP-IG units to double their effort to arrest all NPA personalities covered with warrants of arrest specifically their top leaders and negotiate the surrender of more NPA partisans in the countryside.
Gen. Albayalde said they will end the communist insurgency by engaging all fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the NPA.
“We will engage them in all their fronts, in agriculture, in labor, even the health sector, even the academe which we started already,” he said.
Last week, the PNP-IG announced the capture of an NPA rebel wanted for rebellion and the surrender of three others following negotiations with Regional Intelligence Units.
Monsalve said Jaime Magracia, a former member of the NPA’s Sandatahang Propaganda Yunit operating in Gloria, Oriental Mindoro who had a warrant of arrest for rebellion issued by Judge Manuel Luna of the Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro Regional Trial Court Branch 13 on March 8, 2000 was arrested in Barangay Balete in Gloria municipality on Monday last week.
The official also reported the surrender of three NPA guerrillas during separate negotiations with PNP-IG officers and the local police.
One of them was identified as Jonel Marquez alias ‘Ka Joe/Jethro’ turned himself over to officers of the RIU2, the Police Regional Office 2 and the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Bgy. Sicalao in Lasam, Cagayan last September 6.
Marquez also surrendered a caliber .38 revolver to the police. The ex-NPA rebels was identified as a member of the NPA’s Danila Ben Command operating in Cagayan Valley.
The second was identified as Gil Gealon alias ‘Ka Jr.’ yielded to RIU11 and Davao del Norte following negotiations in Bgy. Limbaan in New Corella, Davao del Norte. He was identified as a member of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee of the NPA.
The third was identified as Ernie Olaybar alias ‘Ka Joniel’ who surrendered during negotiations with RIU9 and RIU10 officers last Monday. He also turned over an Icom radio and several subversive documents. He is now under the custody of the RIU 10 in Cagayan de Oro City.