Government Forces Apprehended Four (4) NPA Leaders in Isabela
Camp Melchor F dela Cruz, Upi, Gamu, Isabela - Joint elements of 52nd
Division Reconnaissance Company, 502nd Infantry Brigade, 52nd Military
Intelligence Company, 2nd Intelligence Security Unit, Military
Intelligence Group 2, Isabela Police Provincial Office and San Mariano
PNP apprehended four (4) high ranking communist terrorists during the
conduct of intelligence driven operation at the vicinity of Sitio
Dibigin, Barangay Minanga, San Mariano, Isabela at about 5:00 o'clock
this morning of February 7, this year.
In a report sent to BGEN ROMMEL A GOMEZ, Commander of the Army's 5th
Infantry Division, by COL ARNULFO J MARCOS, Commanding Officer of 502ND
Infantry Brigade, disclosed the identities of the apprehended communist
terrorists as MICHAEL ERAŅA, AKA POKTONG, Central Front Secretary and
Commanding Officer of Platoon Uno (Code Name: REMO), MARIO AGUSTIN, AKA
AKI, member "Kalihim of Central Front, Commanding Officer of Platoon Dos
(Code Name: ARNEL) and Vice Commanding Officer of Central Front, RAFFY
VALENCIA, AKA BUTCH/DONALD, Vice Commanding Officer of Platoon Uno (Code
Name: REMO) and JUNIOR SORIA, AKA MANNY, Medical Officer Platoon Arnel.
The report also revealed that the government security forces recovered
the following in the possession of the apprehended NPA leaders: one (1)
Cal .45 pistol, five (5) fragmentation grenades, explosives and wirings,
four (4) packs dried marijuana in brick form, assorted goods, CT
personal belongings and subversive documents of high intelligence value.
BGEN GOMEZ said that the successful conduct of intelligence driven
operation by the government security forces which resulted to the
apprehension of four (4) high ranking NPA leaders is a great debacle to
the Communist Terrorist Movement. With this, he said, it will create a
leadership crisis in the underground movement that will affect the
morale of its member's will to fight.