Alleged ranking CPP-NPA official nabbed in Laguna

Robie de Guzman   •   September 18, 2019   •   308

MANILA, Philippines – An alleged high-ranking leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) was arrested by the military and police in Laguna.

The military on Wednesday identified the suspect as Antonia Setias Dizon alias Tonet, 60, who allegedly serves as secretary of the national organizing department the CPP-NPA, as well as the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), which is the communist group’s political arm.

Dizon was allegedly designated to the post, replacing NDFP Consultants Rafael Baylosis and Adelberto Silva who were earlier arrested by the authorities for illegal possession of firearms.

The military said Dizon was arrested by virtue of a warrant for the crime of murder issued by Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur Regional Trial Court Branch 7.

They served the warrant on Dizon at her residence in a subdivision in Barangay Rosario in San Pedro, Laguna at past 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

“Itong si Dizon na ngayon na nahuli siya po yung pumalit kay Silva na kung saan nga po itong si Dizon ay may kasong murder na finile sa Agusan,” Capt. Jayrald Ternio, chief of the 2nd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office told UNTV News in a phone interview.

Seized from Dizon’s residence were a caliber .38 pistol, some live ammunition, 10 blasting caps, two laptops and subversive documents.

The Laguna police believes Dizon’s arrest is a big blow to the communist group’s operations.

“May significant effect ‘yan with regards doon sa benepisyo ng grupo nila mga movement organizations resources financial lahat nasa liderato ng CPP-NPA-NDF,” Laguna police director Col. Eleazar Mata said.

Dizon is currently detained at the San Pedro police station. RRD (with details from Correspondent Sherwin Culubong)

PNP, AFP ready to wage all-out war vs Reds

Robie de Guzman   •   September 11, 2019

Interoperability Exercise between the Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy, and the Philippine Army during AFP Joint Exercise (DAGIT-PA) on August 2018. | 📷Divino Lozano

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday vowed they will be relentless in their fight against communist terrorists in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to wage an all-out war against the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).

“The AFP is compliant with the directive of the President and Commander-in-Chief. We are engaging the New People’s Army all out,” AFP Spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo said.

Arevalo said the military has been employing and using all its resources in a “focused, surgical, and deliberate lethal and non-lethal operations towards the decisive defeat of the communist terrorists.”

On Tuesday, Duterte reiterated his call on the government troops to launch a full-scale attack and end the CPP-NPA before his term ends in 2022.

“I am ordering an all-out-war against the NPA. If I can, I will end the insurgency problem within my term,” the president said during a press briefing in Malacañang on Tuesday.

“Walang hintuan. Magpalit-palit ‘yung isang battalion diyan na walang gamit na wala masyadong kalaban ‘yang ano…. Pagka-bone-weary na ang mga sundalo, palit na naman. Tuloy-tuloy. At kung maaari, lumaban sila nang husto kasi hindi ako magtanggap ng surrender,” he added.

The PNP, for its part, vowed it will launch swift and relentless police operations against communist rebels.

“The final push to end local communist armed conflict will be firm and decisive under the guidance and direction of the national leadership,” the PNP said.

“Police operations against the armed components of the communist terrorist movement will be swift and relentless just as it will be lawful and judicious,” it added. RRD (with details from Correspondents April Cenedoza & Rosalie Coz)

AFP to work with DFA, DOJ, Interpol for arrest of Joma Sison

Robie de Guzman   •   September 6, 2019

Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) leader Jose Maria “Joma” Sison

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday said it would work with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the International Police and other relevant agencies for the service of the warrant of arrest for Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) leader Jose Maria “Joma” Sison.

In a statement, AFP spokesperson Marine Brigadier General Edgardo Arevalo said they are ready to use available legal recourse to bring Sison and his cohorts to justice.

“We may not be able to serve the warrant right away as they are outside our jurisdiction. But we are not without recourse,” Arevalo said.

Sison and his wife have been in self-exile in the Netherlands for more than 30 years now.

“We are sure that the long arm of the law will soon catch up on Mr. Sison and his cohorts,” he added.

The AFP also expressed elation over the court’s issuance of arrest warrant against Sison, his wife and 36 other members of the communist group.

A Manila court on August 28 issued the warrant of arrest for Sison and company in relation with a murder case for the discovery of a mass grave in Inopacan, Leyte in 2006. The site allegedly contained the bones of the victims of a mass killing by the New People’s Army in the 1980s.  

No bail was recommended for the accused.

The so-called “Inopacan massacre” was said to be a purging activity by the CPP of people in Leyte Province who were suspected of being government spies.

According to the AFP, around 300 people died in the incident which the NPA infamously dubbed as “Oplan Venereal Disease.”

“This is a crime against humanity. Though it’s too early to claim victory, we are happy for the Filipino people – especially for the families of the victims of this heinous crime – because the wheels of justice shall begin to grind,” Arevalo said.

The AFP official also promised to go after terrorists who perpetrated these “dastardly, cowardly, and devilish acts” to serve the warrant and arrest them.

“We are as devoted, as other agencies of government are, in bringing them to the bar of justice and answer for this crime most painful against the bereaved families of the victims who continue to live in a day-to-day anguish,” he said.

PNP, AFP nab alleged ranking NPA official in Quezon City

Robie de Guzman   •   August 27, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A joint operation conducted by units from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has yielded the arrest of an alleged high-ranking official of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Quezon City.

Authorities identified the suspect as Esterlita Suaybaguio, who was allegedly serving as secretary of CPP-NPA’s Metro Manila Regional Party Committee.

By virtue of warrant of arrest and search warrant released by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 89, government forces nabbed Suaybaguio in a unit in Escalades Condominium Tower 5 along 20th Avenue in Cubao, Quezon City.

Allegedly recovered from her were a 9mm pistol, a hand grenade, a magazine with seven rounds of bullets and some subversive documents.

“With the information we got from the public, we coordinated with the Joint Task Force NCR particularly with the Army Intelligence Regiment which resulted with the extensive surveillance, operational research and the case build up. And eventually, we applied for the search warrant na nagresulta nito,” National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar told reporters.

Authorities said Suaybagiuo was a former professor in Tagum, Davao del Norte prior to becoming a secretary for communist group’s movement in Southern Mindanao Regional Party Committee and Komisyon Mindanao.

Eleazar said Suaybaguio was handpicked by the CPP Central Committee to oversee the strengthening of its operations in Metro Manila.

“Ongoing yung ating mga ginagawa pa and we would account for their cohorts and colleagues of the arrested suspects,” he said.

The CPP has identified Suaybaguio as one of the consultants of its political arm for Mindanao concerns. The group has demanded for her release, claiming in a statement that the evidence used against her were planted by government troops.

The group also said her arrest violates her rights as a peace consultant for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, which represents revels in peace negotiations with the government.

“The arrest of Ms. Suaybaguio is but the latest attack against democratic forces perpetrated by the military and police under Duterte’s undeclared nationwide martial law,” the group said.

The PNP has denied the communist rebels’ accusations.

Suaybaguio is currently detained at the Quezon City Police District.

Aside from illegal possession of firearms and explosives, police said Suaybaguio is also facing charges of multiple murder, multiple frustrated murder and murder for the alleged killing of Patrolman Ronald Napalan Jr. in Sitio Libo, Barangay Mahaba in Cabadbaran last June 29. (RRD with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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