Female NPA leader nabbed in Pampanga

April 12, 2010 11:04 pm 

MANILA, April 12 -Joint police and military operatives nabbed the female head of a local terrorist group operating in Pampanga and Bataan in San Simon, Pampanga last Saturday, military authorities said Monday.

Major Rosendo Armas, spokesperson of the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM), identified the insurgent as Irene Sanchez, a.k.a. "Cindy" and "Cita".

Sanchez was presented to the media on Monday afternoon by the 7th Infantry Division, Philippine Army under Major General Ireneo Espino at the Kaugnay Clubhouse, Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City.

The firearms recovered from the communist rebels by the operating units this year were also put on display.

Lt. General Ricardo David Jr, commander of Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM), said he was convinced that Sanchez’s arrest was another major blow to the local terrorist movement, still reeling from past debacles.

From January to March 2010, NOLCOM neutralized 28 CPP/NPA personalities; recovered 33 high-powered firearms; and in the process of clearing 15 barangays from the influence of ragtag group of terrorists.

Moreover, the provinces of Aurora and Tarlac were already declared insurgency-free on Feb. 19 and March 23, 2010, respectively.

Security operations of other areas in Central Luzon will be handed over to local police as soon as the validation process is completed.

David lauded the 7th Infantry Division for not resting on their laurels. He was confident that the outstanding performance of all units under NOLCOM, including the 5th Infantry Division, will ensure the attainment of the AFP’s goal of reducing insurgency to an inconsequential level by June 2010 as it intensifies operations in the highlands.

This, as he noted the 1st Quarter 2010 Internal Security Operations (ISO) Accomplishments and Assessment of the two divisions during a conference hosted by NOLCOM last April 8 in Camp Aquino.

Due to the much improved security situation in Central Luzon, the concentration of efforts is now up north, particularly in the Cordillera Region, where rebel remnants are making last-ditch attempts to recover lost grounds.

Noteworthy was the pull out of one Army battalion from Central Luzon to assist in the operations being undertaken by the 10th Infantry Division in Davao.

So far, four provinces under the 5th Infantry Division, Philippine Army have been declared clear of insurgency namely, La Union (Sept. 4, 2009), Nueva Vizcaya (Dec. 10, 2009), Apayao (Feb. 17, 2010) and Quirino (March 8, 2010). Municipal resolutions are being prepared to pave the way for the successive handover of these areas to the local government units and the PNP. (PNA) RMA/VR


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