‘Ka Jinggoy’ expected to survive despite gunshot wound to head

A high-ranking leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) identified as Elizalde “ Jinggoy” Cañete is now recovering in a hospital in Bukidnon after he was arrested following an encounter last week.

Speaking in yesterday’s AFP-PNP press conference held at the Davao City Police Office (DCPO)’s conference room, Brig. Gen. Ernesto Torres, the commander of the 1003rd Infantry Brigade, said that the prognosis for the NPA commander is good.
“Although he sustained six gunshot wounds, and one quite critical because it’s in the head but I think he has the strength to recover,” Torres said. “So as of last night (May 15), I think there were signs that he is recovering,” Torres said.
“He is still under close medical supervision, which means there are still tubes and oxygen but he has already showed signs of recovering,” he added.
Torres also explained that the reason why Cañete was arrested was because of 12 warrants of arrest for murder, arson, robbery, and some other cases.
“That is the basis of the arrest (house arrest) done on this person. For now, it’s an inter-agency effort wherein the PNP is there to look at the procedures on the filing of cases but we are also directed by the Eastern Mindanao Command chief, Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, to provide protection to see to it that there will be no one who will attempt to get to him.”
The brigade commander also said that Cañete will also be given a chance to face the charges against him.
Torres said they are still awaiting orders for the transfer of the rebel leader so he will remain in the hospital under close security.
Upon the arrest of Cañete, who replaced slain rebel leader Leoncio Pitao alias Ka Parago, there is a leadership vacuum in the Pulang Bagani Command (PBC) 1.

“He is a strong leader of PBC 1 so without him giving instructions and managing the unit they would have to find a new leader,” he added.

Torres said a task force was created to look into the legal issues “but also to counter some of the deceptive propaganda of the left since they are frequently issuing statements that are quite deceptive.”

In the coming days, more details will be released on the composition of the Task force but he said they are recommending to include the PNP and other concerned agencies.

Maj. Ezra Balagtey, EastMinCom spokesperson, said Ka Jinggoy was arrested during an inter-agency law enforcement operation at 10 a.m. Saturday inside the Don Carlos Doctors Hospital in Don Carlos, Bukidnon.

Jinggoy assumed the post upon the death of Leoncio Pitao alias Parago, said to be a close friend of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Jinggoy was tracked down inside the hospital where he was recuperating for wounds he sustained in a clash against the 1003rd Brigade troopers in Kitaotao, Bukidnon on Thursday.

The report said members of the inter-agency team from the 1003rd Infantry Brigade, the 403rd Brigade and the Don Carlos Municipal Police Office immediately went to the hospital to serve several warrants of arrest against the NPA leader.

Balagtey said Jinggoy is facing several criminal charges, including the death of fish vendor Larry Buenafe who died five days after sustaining wounds from an NPA-planted landmine intended for the responding soldiers during an attack of a Lorenzo-owned facility in Barangay Mandug on Apr. 29, 2017.

“Likewise, (Jinggoy’s) group was the one responsible for the burning of the equipment being used in the ongoing bypass roads in Barangays Mandug and Fatima in Paquibato,” he added.

Jinggoy was first arrested some time in 2010 after he was seriously wounded in an encounter in Montevista, Compostela Valley. However, he was able to jump bail in 2013 and returned to the underground movement.

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