SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Oct. 22 -- Two active members of the communist terrorist group (CTG) fell into the hands of the authorities following their arrest in Purok 1, Barangay Marayag, Mainit, Surigao del Norte on October 3.
Based on the report, the arrested communist New People's Army (NPA) terrorists were identified as Regil D. Dano also known as Pluto, 37 years old, an active member of SYP21C, Guerilla Front 21 and his brother Erwin "Benz" D. Dano, 23 years old, an active member of SDG21, Guerilla Front 21.
Regil, listed as top three most wanted in Police Regional Office 13, was apprehended by virtue of warrant of arrest for the crime of murder issued by Judge Marigel S. Dagani-Hugo of Branch 3, Butuan City Regional Trial Court dated July 22, 2020 while Erwin Dano was arrested for violation of Republic Act 9516 or Illegal Possession of Explosive. Both personalities are residents of Sitio Dugyaman, Brgy Anticala, Butuan City.
Lt. Col. Isagani Criste, Battalion Commander of 29th Infantry (Matatag) Battalion, said that the operation was conducted by combined elements of 29IB and Philippine National Police in response to the information received about the presence of the wanted persons in the said barangay.
Meanwhile, Col. George Banzon, Commander of 901st Infantry (Fight'Em) Brigade, commended the soldiers and police for the successful joint operation made possible by the cooperation of the concerned individuals who provided the reliable information.
"It is a clear manifestation that the people of Caraga are tired already of NPA terrorists' wrongdoings specifically their involvement in the unlawful activities such as extortion, arson, murder, kidnapping and other related crimes as well as victimizing innocent civilians by luring them to join senseless armed struggle," he said.
Col. Banzon further said that joint operations with other law enforcement agencies will be intensified against the communist terrorist group to further speed up the imminent defeat of the insurgents so that peace and security will be ensured.
"We in the security sector are merging our efforts to materialize our mandates in this whole-of-the-nation approach to eradicate CTGs. In line with this, we are urging the public to continue your support so that we can sustain what we have started here in Caraga," he said. (901st Infantry Brigade, Phil. Army/PIA-Surigao del Norte)