Police arrests ‘most wanted’ NPA leader

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A New People’s Army (NPA) leader who is wanted for murder was arrested Friday in Tagum City, officials said.

Major Jason Baria, spokesperson of Police Regional Office-11 (PRO-11), identified the arrested rebel as suspect as Ronnie Dumasig Campaner, a commanding officer of the NPA’s Guerilla Front 2, Southern Mindanao Regional Command, and listed as a “most wanted person” by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Baria said the 51-year old Campane, a resident of Pantukan town, Compostela Valley province, was arrested by virtue of warrant of arrest for murder, in a residence in Barangay East, Tagum City.

The arresting team recovered from the scene a 12-gauge shotgun and 40 rounds ammunition, the police official said, adding that Campane is currently being held at the Tagum police station for the filing of appropriate charges.

Brig. Gen Morales, PRO-11 chief, said all police units in Davao Region have been ordered to “conduct and implement an operation if there are persons with existing warrants of arrest in the area.”

Morales said Campane’s arrest sends “a strong message to the New People’s Army that there is no safe haven for them anywhere in the region.

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