CIDG, military nab leader of Maragusan BEI ambushers

May 25, 2010 8:22 pm 

CAMP FELIX APOLINARIO, Davao City, May 25 -Police and military authorities arrested the suspected leader of the 40-heavily-armed New People's Army (NPA) that ambushed a convoy of Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs), poll watchers and soldiers in Compostela Vallay a day after the May 10 national and local automated elections.

The ambush resulted in the killing of two Army men, two Cafgu members, a member of the BEI and a civilian watcher while 12 others were wounded.

The BEIs, escorted by elements of the Army’s 66th Infantry Battalion (IB) and local policemen, were on their way to the municipal hall in Poblacion, Maragusan to deliver back two PCOS machines and other election paraphernalia used during Monday’s polls when they were ambushed.

Capt. Emmanuel R. Garcia, 10th Infantry (Agila) Division Public Affairs officer (PAO), said the suspect, identified as Renelo Creita, alias “Kumander Jaguar,” 41, was arrested by CIDG operatives, together with elements of the Army’s 66th Infantry Battalion, at a checkpoint in a village in Sto. Tomas town, Davao del Norte at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Garcia said that “Kumander Jaguar” masterminded the Maragusan massacre.

Garcia said a caliber .45 pistol, together with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) fashioned as landmine, a hand grenade and subversive documents were recovered in Creita’s possession.

The suspect did not resist arrest when accosted by the lawmen, Garcia said.

The suspect was immediately brought to nearby police station in Sto. Tomas for further tactical investigation, said Garcia.

In an interview with local media, Garcia said the suspect thanked government authorities for not hurting him during his arrest.

Garcia said Creita was suspected to be involved in several atrocities in ComVal province and neighboring areas since last year.

The PAO officer said Creita was already charged with illegal possession of firearms and explosives and violation of the Comelec gun ban (PNA) MUC/utb


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