NPA leader captured in Davao del Sur

Subscribe Now March 18, 2016 at 07:45am

Another high-ranking leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Davao region, who is wanted for murder, robbery and kidnapping, was captured while his armed companion was killed in a brief shootout with security forces in Barangay Buri, Matanao, Davao del Sur, last Wednesday.

Captain Rhyan Batchar, 10th Infantry Division information officer, said combined troops of 39th Infantry Battalion and Matanao Municipal Police Station captured Joan Casamorin, alias Alvin, the vice commander of the NPA’s Guerrilla 72 of the Far South Mindanao Regional Committee (FSMRC).

Guerrilla 72, Batchar said, operates in the hinterlands of the provinces of South Cotabato, Davao del Sur, North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat.

“The troops responded on information regarding the presence of armed men that resulted to a fire fight. Casamorin was also wounded during the encounter and was immediately rushed to a hospital for treatment,” he said.

During the encounter, Casamorin’s companion – an alias “Jebjeb” – was killed.

“His (Casamorin’s) companion’s body was brought to Angel Funeral Homes, Bansalan, Davao del Sur for proper disposition,” Batchar said.

Recovered from their possession was one .45 Caliber pistol, ammunitions, subversive documents and three improvised explosive devices or IEDs.

It was learned that Casamorin is facing criminal charges for robbery; kidnapping and serious illegal detention; four counts of murder; and robbery with homicide.

Col. Ronald Villanueva, commander of 1002nd Infantry Brigade, lauded the continued support of the people that led to the capture of one of the high ranking rebels in the area.

“This is a great loss to the NPAs not only in Davao del Sur but also in the whole of Davao region,” Villanueva said, pointing out that recently, authorities also apprehended a political instructor of the NPAs in Compostela Valley.


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