CAMP MELCHOR F DELA CRUZ, Gamu, Isabela – Five members to include a high ranking leader of the Communists-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) were apprehended during a joint law enforcement operation conducted by the elements of the 5th Infantry Division and Police Regional Office 2 at Cabesera 17, Brgy San Antonio, Ilagan City around 11 in the evening on February 18, 2018.

    The apprehended CNT leader was identified as Mauricio Sagun also known as Johnny/Raul, the Head of Training-Regional Operations Command, Komiteng Rehiyon-Hilagang Silangan Luzon, and the leader of Sparu as well as of the Demolition and Explosive Team of the Terrorist Group in Region 2. The operations was made by the virtue of Warrants of Arrest with Criminal Case Numbers CC# 87170, 7169 and 5024 all for Murder issued by Judge Isaac R De Albam of RTC 16, City of Ilagan, Isabela

    The other four CNTs were identified as Mario Turqueza Aka Domo and (a  blasterman of the CNT), Maximiano Domingo, Ariel Peñaflor, and Bernard Peñaflor.

    Recovered from their possessions were the following: Three Hand Grenades; One Cal .9mm with one Magazine loaded with 15 ammunition; One Cal .38 with five live ammunition; Two Blasting caps; One roll detonating cord; One C4; one netbook; Two bag packs; and subversive documents.

    BGen Perfecto M Rimando Jr, Commander, 5ID commended the operating troops for the job well done and to the civilian who provided the information by saying; “The arrest of CNT Sagun and his cohorts paved way to the attainment of justice for the civilians who became victims of the CNT group in the past, and the credit goes to the men behind the successful apprehension of the five.”

    “The neutralization of these five CNTs dealt a big blow to the organization. This only means that they will no longer be invisible to our eyes because the people are now feeding information about this group and their leaders.” BGen Rimando added.

    “Despite the successful operation, the Command is still open to CNT personalities who desire to return to the folds of the law under the CLIP program.” BGen Rimando further added.

    CNT Sagun was the fourth high ranking CNT Members who were neutralized by the combined efforts of the PNP, Army and civilian for the First Quarter of 2018; the other three were Lolito Raza; Victoriano Tesorio and Kevin Namulngo.