Camp Melchor F Dela Cruz, Gamu, Isabela- – Two high ranking members of Northern Luzon based CPP-NPA terrorist (CNT) were neutralized by joint elements of the AFP and PNP during the serving of warrant of arrest at Barangay San Miguel, San Manuel, Tarlac around 3 AM on January 24, 2018.
The two were identified as CNT leader Victorio Tesorio also known as Dong/Rico/Dado/Metro/Ikoy and Reto, the Deputy Secretary and CO, Regional Operations Command, Komiteng Rehiyon Hilagang Silangang Luzon (KRHSL); and CNT Lolito Raza, also known as Lanlan, CO, Danilo Ben Command of the Western Command, Northern Front, KRHSL, both known operating in the area of 5th Infantry Division particularly in the Cagayan Valley Region.
According to the operating forces, the two resisted the arrest and drew their pistols that resulted in a firefight that led to their instantaneous death. The operating forces recovered two Cal.45 pistols, the cadavers of the terrorists and numerous subversive documents along with the arrest of a certain Jose Dallente Caroy, the caretaker of the house.
The said CNT personalities have the following warrants of arrest: CC No. 9090-92, Murder With Frustrated Murder; CC No. 10-10854, Frustrated Murder; CC No. 24-0871, Multiple Murder; and CC No. 90-350, Rebellion; CC No. II-10206, Murder; and CC No. II-10210 Attempted Murder.
BGen Perfecto M Rimando Jr congratulated the operating forces for the successful operation. “The neutralization of these two high ranking 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 said.
“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 added.
The duos were former leader and comrades of CNT leader David Soriano who was arrested at Peñablanca, Cagayan last May 2017.