ATIMONAN, QUEZON — Police and military operatives on Saturday arrested two high ranking officers of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in a search operation at Bgy. Zone 3, Poblacion, in this coastal town.
Quezon police director Col. Audie Madrideo identified the arrested suspect as Ruel Custodio alias Baste, 34, of Calamba City, Laguna, finance officer of Sub-Regional Military Area (SRMA)4-B of the Southern Tagalog Regional Party Committee (STRPC) and Ruben Istokado alias Oyo/Miles, 38, of Bgy. Paradijon Gubat, Sorsogon, political instructor of L1, KP1, Bicol Regional Party Committee (BRPC).
Madrideo, in his report to Calabarzon police director Brig. Gen. Felipe Natividad, said Custudio and Istokado were arrested on the strength of arrest warrants for kidnapping and illegal possession of firearms.
Madrideo said the joint operation was carried out by joint elements of the Regional Intelligence Division (RID4A), Regional Mobile Force Battalion 4A(RMFB4A), Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG4A), Quezon Police Provincial Office, Atimonan Municipal Police Station, 2nd Military Intelligence Brigade, 85th and 59th Infantry Battalions and 201st Infantry Brigade.
Town police commander Major Dandy Aguilar said the joint police- military operation was carried out at 3:30 p.m. resulting to the seizure of a hand grenade, Bersa Cal .380 with a magazine containing 13 live ammunitions, a Cal .45 pistol with one magazine containing six live cartridges, a hand grenade and a Jericho Cal. 9MM pistol with two magazines containing live ammunitions.
It was also learned that Custodio is allegedly responsible for collecting/extorting “revolutionary taxes” in Quezon and was charged with kidnapping on July 17, 2019 and illegal possession of firearms in November 27, 2019.
Istokado is allegedly responsible for spreading Communist Terrorist Group propaganda and recruitment to replenish the diminishing ranks of CTG in the area and was also charged for double murder and multiple murder in September 4, 2014.Publication Source : People's Tonight