BUTUAN CITY: Police have arrested an “active” militiaman of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) Wednesday afternoon (March 24) in the Agusan del Sur town of San Luis.
Agusan del Sur Police Provincial Office (ADSPPO) director, Col. Ringo Zarzoso, said suspect Jimson M. Manlapinding is an alleged member of the Milisya ng Bayan under the “weakened” Guerrilla Front 88 of the NPA’s North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC).
“Manlapinding has a standing warrant of arrest for the crime of murder issued by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 7 in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur,” Zarzoso told the Philippine News Agency Thursday.
Manlapinding, 29, was arrested by the San Luis Municipal Police Station, the Army’s 26th Infantry Battalion, and the SWAT Team of ADSPPO, Zarzoso added.
According to the police official, Manlapinding was involved in the killing of a member of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) on Sept. 15, 2019 in Barangay Baylo, San Luis town.
“The arrest of Manlapinding was made possible through the support of the community, particularly the residents who are already tired of the extortion and other terroristic activities of the NPA,” Zarzoso said.
The NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.