Thursday, April 09, 2015

2 Top New People's Army Leaders Captured in Davao City

If you're thinking that Davao City authorities are babying the New People's Army,no you're wrong.

On Tuesday,a top leader of the New People's Army was arrested by authorities who's allegedly wanted for various crimes in the region.

Vincent Estrada (aka Brod, Brods, Uban), is an educator of its members in the Southern Mindanao Revolutionary Committee along with his companion Dennis Montecillo, alleged head of the regional  instructors’ bureau of the rebels was captured by the authorities at Task Force Davao checkpoint in Brgy. Sirawan, Toril.

Philippine Army's 1 Lt. Vergel Lacambra, spokesman of the 10th Infantry Division confirmed the report through the Philippine News Agency.

New People's Army morning formation image courtesy of Rappler
He said Estrada was apprehended with his companion Zacarias Mancia, Jr. on board a sports-utility-vehicle with plate number BDV 684 by virtue of an arrest warrant docketed as Criminal Case No. 7610 for the crimes of kidnapping and serious illegal detention issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch III based in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley.

Recovered from the possession of the two communist rebels were a caliber .45 pistol and two fragmentation grenades.

He described Estrada as difficult to be replaced in the rebel movement given his responsibility in handling the education of both members and sympathizers.

“His arrest is a big blow to the rebel leadership in arousing and mobilizing their sympathizers,” Lacambra said.

The two are now at the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group pending further investigation.

Lacambra said that since 2014, five high-ranking NPA leaders were arrested in Davao Region.

Source : PIA / Sunstar Davao

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