The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) congratulated the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for neutralizing five (5) key leaders of the NPA who were responsible for harassing, extorting, and terrorizing local government officials, businessmen, and ordinary citizens in the Calabarzon region.
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that among those neutralized were a Rebolusyonaryong Buwis sa Kaaway na Uri (RBKU) staff and an NPA regional intelligence officer who were actively generating funds for the communist terrorist group (CTG) through extortion and threats on unsuspecting victims.
“Mababawasan ang pananakot at pangingikil sa mga local officials at negosyante ngayong nalagasan na naman natin ang bilang ng mga kaaway ng bayan. Congratulations, PNP and AFP, on this significant accomplishment! Job well done!” he said.
Año said that RBKU Unit is one “moneymakers” of the CPP-NPA-NDF, generating millions of funds through extortion and harassment to support the armed struggle in the mountains and to fund the propaganda, organizing, and recruitment activities of their front organizations in the urban areas.
According to the PNP, police and AFP units were on their way to serve a warrant of arrest for frustrated murder to alias Dads/Darwin, head of the finance staff and Execom member of NPA’s Sub-Regional Military Area 4A, when the Communist Terrorist Group (CTGs) open fired at the arresting team leading to a shootout in Sitio Malalim, San Juan, Baras, Rizal.
After the shootout, five bodies from the side of the NPA were found including alias Sandra, wife of alias Luis, Secretary of Guerilla Front Cesar, and concurrently designated as SRMA 4A's RBKU staff and alias Onli, the terrorist group's Intelligence Officer.
Three NPA members killed in the said incident are still being identified. Recovered in the crime scene were two (2) M16 rifles; two (2) cal .45 pistols; one (1) Uzi; and, several electronic devices and subversive documents.
“We have been persistent in this goal to rid our country of these CTGs and the neutralization of the extortion team of the NPA is a huge morale booster for the government and the men and women who are working towards a truly peaceful Philippines,” Año said.
He said that the PNP and AFP have not been complacent, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting to various government-initiated encounters, arrests, and surrenders of NPA members in recent months.
“Buo ang loob ng PNP at AFP sa pagsunod sa utos ng Pangulo na protektahan ang mga mamamayan sa mga teroristang ito. These arrests and victories are very important for the government’s advocacy to end Communist Terrorism in the country,” he said.
It can be recalled that a few days ago, the AFP also made progress after an encounter resulting to the death of four NPA members under its Komiteng Larangang Gerilya Mark Anthony Velasco or KLG MAV operating in Mindoro.
“Lumiliit na ang mundo ng mga teroristang ito. Habang hindi pa huli ang lahat, sumuko na kayo at talikuran ang inyong baluktot na paniniwala at maling ipinaglalaban,” he said.