PNP AND AFP OPERATIVES ARRESTED A HIGH RANKING CPP LEADER IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, EXPLOSIVES AND SUBVERSIVE DOCUMENTS Combined personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), arrested a member of the Central Committee and former Secretary of the Metro Manila Regional Party Committee of the CPP NPA and his cohort at #162 General Bautista Street, Poblacion II-A, Imus Cavite on the basis of a Search Warrant. The NCRPO Regional Director, PDIR GUILLERMO LORENZO T ELEAZAR identified the arrested CNN Leader as RENANTE GAMARA @ Mike/@ Tony, a Central Committee member of the CNN and an NDF Consultant and his cohort, one Arturo Joseph Balagat y Monzon, a retired catholic priest. After a month long extensive surveillance and case build-up and acting on a tip from concerned citizens, police operatives applied for a Search Warrant against Gamara which was granted by Executive Judge Cynthia Marino-Ricablanca of RTC Branch 27 of the 4th Judicial Region of Sta. Cruz, Laguna. At about 5:30PM, March 20, 2019, combined operatives of Task Force Kalasag from the NCRPO (RSOU, RID, RMFB, RHS, QCPD and EPD), PNP SAF (CRG-RDB and 3SAB), PRO4A (Cavite PPO, Cavite CIDG PFU), and the Army Intelligence Regiment of the AFP (16th ISU, 4ISU, JTF-NCR, JSOG-AFPSOCOM, and 202nd Brigade) implemented the Search Warrant for Violation of RA 10591 – Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, at the suspect’s safehouse located at #162 General Bautista Street, Poblacion II-A, Imus City, Cavite which resulted in the arrest of the suspects. Recovered during the search were one (1) Cal 9mm pistol with magazine, two (2) hand grenades, several electronic devices and gadgets containing subversive information, several subversive documents, and cash amounting to P90,000.00. Further investigation shows that Gamara was arrested in 2012 in Las Pinas City by virtue of two warrants of arrest, one for Kidnapping with Murder of a soldier, PFC Eriberto Eclavea in Mauban, Quezon and the other for frustrated murder committed against a rebel returnee. He was among the twenty-one (21) NDF Consultants who were temporarily released as a gesture of goodwill by the Duterte Administration for him to participate in the GRP-NDFP Peace Negotiations in Oslo, Norway in 2016. After the termination of the peace talks by virtue of Proclamation No. 360 issued by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on November 23, 2017 and following his orders to arrest said NDF Consultants who were released from prison, Gamara went into hiding and became a member of the Central Committee of the CNN. Investigation showed that Fr. Balagat is presently the Provincial Chairperson of Cooperative Development Council of Cavite and Vice Chairperson of Regional Coop Development Council of Region 4A. He also serves as the President of Elena & Remedios Monzon Family Foundation who caters/sponsor University Scholarship Program. It was further disclosed that he was ordained as a priest way back on September 5, 1975 at Imus Cavite and eventually assigned as priest in charge of 17 barrios in Indang, Cavite and at the same time designated as Guidance Counsellor of St. Gregory Academy in Indang, Cavite for 2 years. Eventually thereafter, he was transferred to different parochial church as the parish priest under the Diocese of Imus until 1991. On 1992, he migrated to California as a migrant filipino priest and thereafter became parish priest under the Diocese of California up to his early retirement in 2013. A case for violation of RA 10915 Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013, RA 9516 Illegal Possession of Explosives and violation of the Omnibus Election Code are being prepared against Gamara for filing at the Department of Justice, Padre Faura Manila while the contrabands subject of the Search Warrant will be presented to the issuing court in Sta. Cruz, Manila while Fr. Balagat will remain under custody of RSOU, NCRPO for further investigation. The NCRPO Regional Director, PDIR Eleazar said that this accomplishment is credited to the newly signed Joint JTF-NCR,AFP – NCRPO Implementing Plan “Kalasag” 2019-2022 last March 18, 2019 to realize the AFP-PNP Joint Campaign Plan “Kapanatagan” 2019-2022 which was agreed upon to fully realize Executive Order No. 70 mandating the government bureaucracy to take a “whole-of-nation approach” in defeating insurgency through the creation of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC). PDIR ELEAZAR went on to commend the personnel involved in this laudable accomplishment particularly their swift response to the information of concerned citizens for the arrest of Gamara. He added that people are now becoming more vigilant and firmly recognize their valuable role in the fight against terrorism and all forms of criminality. In other developments, a police personnel who was marked awol since 2012 identified as PO2 Alejandro Gacayan Hernandez was arrested during a checkpoint operation by personnel of Police Community Precinct 7 of the Las Piñas City Police Station infront of Cowboy Grill located along Alabang-Zapote Road, Brgy. Almanza Uno, Las Piñas City on or about 4:00am of March 21, 2019. The awol police man was onboard a motorcycle when he was flagged down together with a companion identified as Rey Binggal Servito for a routine inspection. However, in the process, contrabands were recovered from them which include three (3) heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substances suspected to be shabu, a weighing scale, an improvised tooter, and a bladed knife. Appropriate charges are also being prepared against them for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and BP 6 in relation to violation of the Omnibus Election Code. The Regional Director reiterates that with the arrest of PO2 Hernandez, the NCRPO under his leadership will do everything to cleanse its ranks of scalawags and undesirables in order to realize a trust worthy, credible and reliable police organization.
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