8ID and PNP capture
high ranking NPA leader, recovers IED
By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 22, 2015
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – Troops under 801st Infantry Brigade and
personnel from PNP Sta. Rita, Samar Municipal Police Station captured
a high ranking NPA leader operating in Samar at Barangay Magsaysay,
Sta. Rita, Samar at around 11:58 P.M. of June 21, 2015.
Based on a report from
Colonel Leoncio A. Cirunay, Commander 801st Brigade, a concerned
civilian reported about a suspicious person roaming around their
community. Acting on the information, Cirunay immediately ordered an
entrapment operation which resulted to the apprehension of a certain
Erwin C. Lagucay alias Eman who was found out to be the NPA Commanding
Officer of Sentro de Gravidad “Botchoy” and Head, Organizing
Department of Jorge Bolito Command during the time of his arrest. The
rebel yielded a cellular phone, one hand grenade, one blasting cap,
two improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and bladed weapons.
The subject during an
interview admitted that he was involved in the 2010 raid at Cancaiyas
detachment and the ambush of PNP personnel at Barangay Binanalan, Sta.
Rita, Samar in 2005. Lagucay is now under the custody of PNP Sta. Rita
for proper disposition and filling of appropriate charges.
The discovery of IEDs in
Lagucay’s is significant as it is a proof of the continuous violation
of Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and
International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), an agreement between the
government and the National Democratic Front which represented the New
People’s Army and the Communist Party of the Philippines where use of
landmines is prohibited. It was an upfront of their disregard to human
life as well as of international humanitarian law.
Col. Cirunay lauded the
success of the entrapment operation conducted with the PNP and bowed
to continue their effort in going after the NPAs in his unit’s area of
operation. He said that with the arrest of the NPA leader and the
seizure of IEDs, the people in Samar will be spared from becoming
possible casualties of the seized IED. He also acknowledged the
civilian who tipped the information and call on the people to report
NPA activities in their communities so that the rebel group’s inhumane
acts can be prevented.