ARRESTED NPA LEADER. The Police Regional Office 13 (Caraga) reported the arrest of Kim Mapoy, 28, the former secretary of the Dismantled Guerrilla Front 4A (GF-4A), North Center Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) of the New People’s Army in an operation in Alubijid, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte on Dec. 6, 2022. Authorities also nabbed in a separate operation on the same day the suspect’s brother Loreto Mapoy, the former commanding officer of Platoon Joker, GF4A, NCMRC. (Photo courtesy of PRO-13 Information Office)

BUTUAN CITY – Two leaders of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) who are wanted for various criminal offenses were arrested by police units under the Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 (Caraga).

In a statement Thursday, PRO-13 Director, Brig. Gen. Pablo Labra II, identified the arrested NPA leaders as siblings Kim Mapoy, alias Patrick, 28, and Loreto Mapoy, alias Arvin, 35, both residents of Barangay Lower Olave in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.

Kim Mapoy was arrested in Barangay Alubijid, Buenavista on Tuesday while Loreto Mapoy was arrested later on the same day in Purok 7, Barangay 7, Buenavista.

“Kim Mapoy is listed as the No. 1 Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) Priority Target and listed in the Periodic Status Report (PSR) of PRO-13,” Labra said.

He added that Kim Mapoy is the former secretary of the Dismantled Guerrilla Front 4A (GF-4A), North Center Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) of the NPA.

The NPA leader, Labra said, is wanted for the crimes of murder, arson, multiple attempted murder, attempted murder, and multiple frustrated murder with 19 arrest warrants issued by the local courts in Butuan City.

Loreto Mapoy, on the other hand, was the former commanding officer of Platoon Joker, GF4A, NCMRC, and was also classified as the No. 2 in the CTG Priority Target of PRO-13 and PSR.

“He has 14 standing arrest warrants issued by the local courts in Butuan for murder, arson, multiple attempted murder, attempted murder, and multiple frustrated murder,” Labra said.

Reports gathered by PRO-13 indicated that the Mapoy brothers were involved in multiple attempted murder cases that transpired on July 12, 2019, in Guinabsan, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte; on August 18, 2016, in Sitio, Bulok, Upper Olave, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte; on April 9, 2016, in Sitio, Tagbulacao, Lower, Olave, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte; on May 11, 2019, in Purok 3, Sitio Matina, Nongnong, Butuan City; and on March 14, 2016, in Upper Olave, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte by conspiring in the ambush of troops of the 23rd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army.

Both suspects were also involved in the attack on the members of the Butuan City Mobile Force Company while conducting combat operations in Sitio Mabuhay, Barangay MJ Santos, Butuan City on March 14, 2020.

They are the prime suspects in murder cases that took place in Barangay Nongnong, Butuan City on April 13, 2016 that victimized a certain Rodrigo P. Domoso and in Lower Olave, Buenavista on April 21, 2020 that killed a resident.

The NPA leaders were arrested by the combined forces of the intelligence unit of PRO-13, the Buenavista municipal police, the Agusan del Norte police, and the 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company of Agusan del Norte.

“The arrest of these two topmost wanted CTG personalities only proves the dedication and commitment of Caraga cops to free the region from the threats posed by the terrorist group,” Labra said.

Meanwhile, in a separate statement on Thursday, the Surigao del Norte Police Provincial Office (SDNPPO) also reported the arrest of two NPA members on Wednesday.

Isagani Hubasan, alias Sado, 53, a resident of Cantugas, Mainit, Surigao del Norte, and a member of the Milisya ng Bayan under the Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP) 16B of Guerrilla Front 16 (GF-16), North Eastern Mindanao Regional Command (NEMRC) was arrested while being confined in a hospital in Surigao City.

Hublasan has a standing arrest warrant for attempted murder issued by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 32 in Surigao del Norte issued on Nov. 16, 2022.

The SDNPPO also reported the arrest of Johnny Parcia, 41, the active Vice Team leader of SYP section C of GF 16, NEMRC in Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte on Tuesday.

Parcia has a standing arrest warrant for multiple frustrated murder issued by RTC Branch 32 on May 17, 2022. (PNA)