Top NPA leader falls in Davao Sur

By Rhoda Grace Saron

July 8, 2018, 5:18 pm

DAVAO CITY -- A top leader of the New People's Army was arrested in a joint operation of the Philippine Army and Philippine National Police units in Purok 2-A, Sinayawan, Hagonoy, Davao del Sur on Saturday afternoon.

Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, spokesperson of Police Regional Office 11, reported that Reynaldo Cole Saavedra alias Antoy, 22, commanding officer of the NPA’s Guerilla Front 71-Far South Mindanao Region, resident of Pitu, Malalag, Davao del Sur, was nabbed when authorities served the warrant for his arrest.

Driz said the arrest warrant for rebellion was issued by the Regional Trial Court 11th Judicial Region, Branch 61, Digos City on Nov. 28, 2017, and was signed by Presiding Judge Carfelita Cardientes Flores.

Capt. Jerry Lamosao, spokesperson of the 10th Infantry Division, said GF 71 operates in the areas of General Santos City, South Cotabato.

The communist group’s unit was responsible for extortion, harassment, ambush and recruitment activities in the area.

Driz said the operating teams came from the Regional Intelligence division led by Supt. Leslie Ann Bejarin, Regional Intelligence Unit led by Chief Insp Gregorio Cuevas Jr., 1104th Regional Force Mobile battalion led by SPO3 James Rafniel Rago, Intelligence police non-commissioned officer led by Chief Insp. Kristoper Sabsal, Intelligence operatives of 73rd Infantry battalion and elements of Hagonoy municipal police station led by Senior Insp. Eli Asor.

Saavedra is now in the custody of 73rd Infantry Battalion. (PNA)