Three top ranking CPP-NPA personalities in Pampanga arrested

FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija – Three top ranking CPP-NPA personalities in Central Luzon were arrested by combined forces of Mabalacat Municipal Police Station and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Purok 4, Brgy Mauaque, Mabalacat, Pampanga on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

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Major General Andrew D Costelo, Commander of the 7th Infantry (KAUGNAY) Division of the Philippine Army, said the authorities arrested Evelyn c. Munoz alias ‘Ched/Emy/Maye/Miray’ on the strength of a warrant of arrest for murder.

Evelyn Munoz is the secretary of the Communist Party of the Philippines Central Luzon Regional Committee, and of the national finance commission. She is also a member of the CPP Central Committee.

Also arrested were Erlinda Lansang alias “Dahlia,” a member and Political Instructor of Komiteng Larangang Guerrilla Tarlac-Zambales (KLG-TARZAM) and Maria Theresa Buscayno alias Margarita LANSANG/ ‘Mara’, execom member of Central Luzon Regional Committee.

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Recovered from them were Cal. 45, two magazine assemblies with 14 ammunition, several Identification Cards depicting their pictures with different names, 26 units of cellular phones, three laptops, several USB storage devices, subversive documents/materials and cash with different denominations and currencies amounting to more or less Php400,000.00.

MGen Costelo believed that the money recovered in the possession of the CPP Finance Officer and two others were extorted from the local community to finance their White Area Operations as the National Democratic Front’s Founding Anniversary is almost two weeks from now.

“I would like to congratulate all the operating troops for the successful service of Warrant of Arrest for the said CPP-NPA personalities,” said MGen Costelo.

“Their arrest is timely as we were able to thwart their activities in urban and rural operations, especially that the national and local election is coming,” he added.

The commander thanked the Former CTG members and the locals for the information given regarding the CPP-NPA identities, location, and activities in their community.

Meanwhile, Colonel Joseph Norwin D Pasamonte, Commander of the 703rd Infantry (AGILA) Brigade, said that the arrested personalities have been the subject of law enforcement operations for months along with the PNP because of their criminal activities in Central Luzon.

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