Monday, August 03, 2009

Arrested NPA leader is a big loss in their organization says Empedrad

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (BEN BALCE / Cagayan Journal) – NORTHERN Mindanao police head Chief Superintendent Danilo Empedrad on Monday said that the captured of the regional leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) operating in Mindanao last Saturday night is a “big loss” to their organization.

“He is a big fish. His apprehension is a big loss to their organization,” said Empedrad adding that considering he is the head of five Front committees of the NPA operating in Mindanao.

Alfredo Mapano a.k.a. Paris was captured by combined elements of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division and the Philippine National Police in Region 10.

Mapano according to Empedrad headed the North Central Mindanao areas whom under him different NPA committees such as the Local Terrorist Areas 88 and 4A in Agusan province, Local Terrorist Areas 89 and 6 in Bukidnon and the remnants of 4B in Misamis Oriental.

“He (Mapano) arrested at Middleton hotel in CDO while with his wife,” said Empedrad. He said that Mapano was reportedly while on vacation when he was arrested.

Army’s 4th Infantry Division spokesman Major Michelle Anayron said Mapano was captured by virtue of eight (8) warrants of arrests issued by the different trial courts in Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon and Agusan del Sur.

Over DxIF Bombo radio, Anayron said Mapano was unarmed when apprehended by the combined PNP and 4ID personnel.

The apprehending authorities served to the Mapano six warrants of arrests with no bail bond recommended according to Anayron.

Cases filed against Mapano were criminal cases numbers 2003-955 for robbery with homicide issued by the Regional Trial Court of Misamis Oriental, 10th Judicial Region, Cagayan de Oro City; 2252 for robbery with double homicide and damage to properties issued by RTC Branch 7, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur;

4603 for double murder with frustrated murder issued by RTC Branch 6, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur; 2006-3388 for robbery with homicide issued by RTC Branch 43, Gingoog City; 2003-955 for Robbery with Homicide issued by RTC Branch 18, Cagayan de Oro City; and Criminal Case Number 2846 for Murder issued by the Municipal Trial Court, Prosperided, Agusan del Sur.

Aside from the six non-bailable warrants of arrests, Mapano is also facing two arrest warrants under criminal case number 2006-3392 for frustrated murder issued by RTC 43, Gingoog City with recommended bail bond of Php 200,000.00 and Criminal Case number 15942-06 for Robbery issued by RTC Branch 8, Malaybalay City with recommended bail bond of Php 40,000.00.

In a joint statement, Anayron said that 4ID commander, Brigadier General Mario Chan and Regional police head C/Superintendent Empedrad lauded the Army and PNP personnel involved in the operation.

Anayron said Chan and Empedrad also attributed the success of the operation to the various sectors of Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro (LGUs and Civilians) whose help and invaluable information led authorities to the exact location of Mapano and enabled authorities to serve the arrest warrants.


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