Matanao, Davao del Sur – Combined troops of 39th Infantry Battalion and Matanao Municipal Police Station apprehended a high ranking leader and recovered the body of his companion who died during the firefight last Wednesday morning, March 16, 2016 at Barangay Buri, Matanao, Davao del Sur.

The apprehended leader, identified as Joan Casamorin alias Alvin is presently the vice-commander of Guerrilla 72 of the Far South Mindanao Regional Committee (FSMR) operating in the hinterlands of South Cotabato, Davao del Sur, North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat. Alias Alvin is facing charges for robbery, kidnapping and serious Illegal Detention, four counts of murder and Robbery with Homicide.

The troops responded on information regarding the presence of armed men that resulted to a fire fight. The troops were able to recover one Cal. 45 pistol, ammunitions, three Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and the dead body of alias Jebjeb. Alias Alvin got wounded but was immediately rushed to a hospital for treatment while his companion’s dead body was brought to Angel Funeral Homes, Bansalan, Davao del Sur.

“The successful arrest of this NPA leader manifests the community’s strong desire for peace and security in the area. The people have grown tired of the deception and manipulation of the NPAs”, said Lieutenant Colonel Argamosa, 39IB commander.

Col Ronald Villanueva, commander of 1002nd Infantry Brigade said that the apprehension of high ranking individuals within this month is a great loss to the New People’s Army (NPA). First, is the arrest of Ruditha Rosete Gaylawan alias Massi, Front Secretary of GF54 last March 8, 2016 in Calinan, Davao City and secondly, is the arrest of Joan Casamorin, Vice Commander of GF72 of FSMR, earlier today, “We would like to encourage the remaining members of the NPAs to abandon the armed struggle. They can live a normal life away from starvation and hardship by returning to the folds of the law for them to possibly receive assistance from the government agencies such as livelihood and immediate cash aids,” Col Villanueva conluded.

Source: 10th Infantry Agila Division Philippine Army


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