Army, police capture top Mindanao NPA commander
August 2, 2009 12:14 pm
By Mike U Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 2 -– A ranking commander of the New People’s Army (NPA) was captured Saturday evening by combined elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) in one of the known hotels in Cagayan de Oro City.
Brig. Gen. Mario F. Chan, commanding general of the Army’s Northern and Northeastern Mindanao 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, identified the NPA leader as Alfredo Mapano, alias “Ka Paris”
Chan said that “Ka Paris” was a leading personality of the CPP-NPA North-Central Mindanao Regional Committee (MCMRC) and Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC).
Under the NCMRC and NEMRC are local terrorist areas of front Committees 88 and 4-A in Agusan and Front Committees 89 and 6 in Bukidnon and the remnants of Front Committee 4-B in Misamis Oriental.
“Ka Paris” was captured Saturday night, by the joint Army and PNP team by virtue of eight warrants of arrests issued by the different trial courts in Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon and Agusan del Sur, Chan said.
Army spokesman Maj. Mitchele B. Anayron, Jr. said the ranking NPA commander was with his wife when captured.< The arresting teams served six warrants of arrests on Ka Paris, with no bail bond recommended.
Ka Paris was accused under Criminal Cases Numbers 2003-955 for Robbery with Homicide at the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Misamis Oriental, 10th Judicial Region, Cagayan de Oro City; 2252 for Robbery with Double Homicide and Damage to Properties issued by RTC Branch 7, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur; 4603 for Double Murder with Frustrated Murder issued by RTC Branch 6, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur; Criminal case no. 2006-3388 for Robbery with Homicide issued by RTC Branch 43, Gingoog City; 2003-955 for Robbery with Homicide issued by RTC Branch 18, Cagayan de Oro City; and Criminal Case Number 2846 for Murder issued by the Municipal Trial Court, Prosperided, Agusan del Sur.
“Ka Paris” is also facing two arrest warrants under Criminal Case Number 2006-3392 for Frustrated Murder issued by RTC 43, Gingoog City with recommended bail bond of Php 200,000.00 and Criminal Case number 15942-06 for Robbery issued by RTC Branch 8, Malaybalay City with recommended bail bond of Php 40,000.00, said Gen. Chan
In their joint statement, Chan and Police Regional Office 10 Director, Chief Supt. Danilo Empedrad lauded the Army and PNP personnel involved in the operation.
They also attributed the success of the operation to the various sectors of Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro, both local government unit and non-government organization whose help and invaluable information led authorities to the exact location of “Ka Paris”, and enabled authorities to serve the arrest warrants.
“Our gratitude to the helping eyes and hands who attributed the early arrest of Mapano,” added Gen. Chan. (PNA)