DAVAO CITY: A high-ranking leader of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) was arrested in a joint operation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Barangay Magnaga, Pantukan, Compostela Valley Province late afternoon Sunday.
Lieutenant Vergel Lacambra identified the NPA leader as Jordan Donillo alias Noli or Estong. He was arrested by virtue of several warrants of arrest for double murder and multiple frustrated murder.
Donillo has also string of cases for attempted murder, robbery in band with multiple frustrated murder and murder.
Lacambra said Jonillo is a member of the Special Operations Group of the NPA’s National Military Command who kept track in killing retired General Jovito Palparan in Metro Manila in 2000 before he was reassigned to lead the NPAs here in Compostela Valley Province.
Jonillo also held the position as vice commander of PBC of Parago in 2005; as Secretary of Guerilla Front 18 of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC) from 2006-2010; commander PBC6 operating in Davao Oriental from 2011-2013. At the time of his arrest, Donillo functions as the commander of the main guerilla force of Guerilla Front 18 with Php2.5 million cash reward for his arrest.
Lacambra recalled that Donillo was once apprehended by the PNP in 2002 for the criminal cases but he was reportedly rescued by comrades.
“His notoriety can be traced back when he led his NPA unit in attacking San Isidro Municipal Police Station on August 22, 2007 and Davao Oriental Provincial Jail in Mati City on May 19, 2008. He also led the attack of Banay-banay Municipal Police Station on July 3, 2008 and the arson of Bachelor Bus in Banay-banay last CY 2009,” Lacambra said.
Lacambra further revealed that Donillo also led the attack of a military temporary patrol base of 28IB in Sitio Chapter, Barangay Maputi, Banay-banay on May 2010.
“These atrocities and terroristic operations resulted to the killing of soldiers PFCs Gomez, Raro and Dela Cruz and wounding of PFCs Masayon, Jumahali, Bagonon, and Zaulda, and police officer Pesian,” he said.
Tenth Infantry Division Commander, Maj. General Eduardo M Año, lauded the men behind the arrest of Donillo, saying, “It is major victory in the campaign to bring justice to the victims of terroristic activities by the CPP-NPA.” PNA