POLICE Regional Office 11 director, Brigadier General Filmore B. Escobal yesterday announced the capture of a top New People’s Army leader in Mindanao during an operation in Kitaotao, Bukidnon.
In a report to PNP chief, General Debold M. Sinas, the PRO11 director identified the arrested suspect as Marcos Requina, a former secretary of the CPP/NPA Western Mindanao Regional Committee who has been listed by the Department of National Defense and Department of Interior and Local Government as the no. 23 most wanted NPA rebel in the country.
The Southern Mindanao police director said the suspect was arrested in his residence in Sitio Bakayan in Barangay Sagundanon in Kitaotao, Bukidnon by combined operatives from the PRO11, the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, the Armed Forces and the PNP Directorate for Integrated Police Operations-Eastern Mindanao headed by Major Gen. Arnel B. Escobal.
Escobal said the suspect was arrested on the strength of a warrant of arrest for murder issued by the Zamboanga del Sur Regional Trial Court Branch 18. No bail was recommended for the temporary liberty of the accused who is now being held at the Davao City Police Office lock-up facility pending his transfer to the Zamboanga del Sur court for issuance of a commitment order.
The PRO11 director said a record check showed that Requina joined the NPA movement in 1985 and served as rebel squad leader and platoon medic until 2015. He also became a member of the Executive Committee of the CPP/NPA’s Section Committee Kara operating in the region from 2007 to 2012.
Escobal said that the suspect is known for his involvement in the harassment of government troops in the region since then.
“We strongly believe that Requina’s arrest could give the PNP and the AFP an edge in getting valuable information that could be used in identifying other rebel personalities in the region,” the official said.