Top CPP-NPA leader arrested

An alleged top communist leader is now under the custody of the authorities after she was arrested in Butuan City on Friday.

Joint police and army agents conducted a law enforcement support operation that led to the arrest of New People’s Army officer Leonida Guao, alias Ka Leah/Ligaya/Laya, in Barangay Bading, Butuan City at around 2:50 p.m. on Friday.

Capt. Al Anthony Pueblas, the civil-military operations (CMO) officer of 402nd Infantry Brigade, said Guao is the finance officer of the NPA’s Komisyon Mindanao (KOMMID) who is responsible for the synchronization of the collection and distribution of extortion money in Mindanao.

The operation was participated in by the Philippine Army’s 402nd Brigade and 401st Brigade and the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and Police Regional Office 13 who were armed with a warrant of arrest.

The warrant of arrest was issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 7, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.

Guao is facing a murder case under Criminal Case number 5809.

Brig. Gen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade commander, said in a statement that “Guao, as head of finance of KOMMID, knows a lot of the extortion activities in Caraga as well as in the entire Mindanao.”

“We hope that she will cooperate with the investigating team in identifying individuals, business establishments and organizations that are providing financial support to the CPP-NPA terrorists,” Gacal said.

“The successful Support to Law Enforcement Operation of the joint Army and PNP is the product of collaboration and partnership of the military and other law enforcement agencies,” he added.

“The government’s efforts against the CPP-NPA (Communist Party of the Philippines-the New People’s Army) terrorists are relentless. We will not stop here. We will continue with our anti-terrorist and counter-terrorist operation to ensure the safety and security of the Caraganons,” he further said.
The arrested leader is now under the custody of CIDG Caraga for further legal processing.

Meanwhile, Lt. General Benjamin Madrigal Jr., commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command, expressed his appreciation for the cooperation of the different government agencies and the community that led to the arrest.

“The arrest gave justice to the victims of their atrocities, particularly those Indigenous Peoples they brutally killed, the common people who have been victimized by their extortion and terrorist activities, and those who have lost their livelihood brought about by their arson and sabotage activities,” Madrigal said.

“This arrest is a result of the cooperation of the whole community and the different law enforcement agencies. It also proves that the terrorists cannot run away from the long arm of the law,” the commander added.

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