PHILIPPINE National Police Intelligence Group (PNP-IG) director, Brigadier General Edgar S. Monsalve, yesterday announced the capture of a New People’s Army rebel wanted for rebellion and the surrender of three others following negotiations with his men.
In a report to PNP chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde, the official identified the arrested suspect as Jaime Magracia, a former member of the NPA’s Sandatahang Propaganda Yunit operating in Gloria, Oriental Mindoro who is the subject of warrant of arrest for rebellion issued by Judge Manuel Luna of the Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro Regional Trial Court Branch 13 on March 8, 2000.
No bail was recommended for the temporary liberty of the suspect who was arrested in a Regional Intelligence Unit 4-B-led manhunt operation in Barangay Balete in Gloria municipality last Monday afternoon.
The suspect is now under the custody of the Gloria Municipal Police Station.
The official also reported the surrender of three NPA guerrillas during separate negotiations with PNP-IG officers and the local police.
One of them 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 rebel was identified as a member of the NPA’s Danila Ben Command operating in Cagayan Valley.
The 2nd 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 3rd identified as Ernie Olaybar alias ‘Ka Joniel’ 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.
All four are now undergoing debriefing and documentation.
“This is in line with 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 continue their massive effort to account for most wanted NPA personalities and convince more to return to the mainstream of the society.