By Mike Crismundo
Butuan City – A political and medical officer of the New People’s Army-Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP-NPA) was arrested Thursday afternoon by the joint police and Army forces in Sitio Tumanday ll, Barangay Rizal, Surigao City.
Surigao City Police Station (SCPS) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), said suspect Rovelyn M. Mahinay, alias “Apple”, 28 years old, alleged political officer/instructor of SPP1 Guerilla-Front Committee 30 of the CPP-NPA Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC), was completely surprised when combined police force and elements of 30th Infantry Battallion (30th IB) arrived at her rented house at 5 p.m. on Thursday in Sitio Tumanday ll, Barangay Rizal, Surigao City.
Operating troops also arrested the live-in partner of Rovelyn, identified only as “Kumander Puma”, a resident of Barangay San Isidro, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.
The operating troops seized from her one improvised explosive device with blasting cap and detonating cord.
Chief Supt. Felix said the suspect has a pending case of rebellion and frustrated murder in Surigao del Sur court.
He said the suspect is facing rebellion case under Criminal Case (CC) No. C-642 issued by Judge Alfredo P. Jalad of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 41, Cantilan, Surigao Del Sur dated March 8, 2010 with no bail bond recommended; a frustrated murder case under CC-7018 issued by Judge Edwin Malazarte of RTC Branch 27, Tandag City dated October 7, 2016 with P 200, 000 bail bond recommended and another rebellion case under CC No. 6175 issued by Judge Rufo U. Naragas of RTC-40, Tandag City dated Jan. 14, 2013 with P 100, 000 bail bond recommended.
The suspect was immediately brought to the regional office of the 13thCIDG regional office based here for further tactical investigation before turning her over to Surigao del Sur courts, Chief Supt. Felix said.
“Another case for violation of RA 9516 or the law on illegal/unlawful possession of firearms, ammunition or explosives is being prepared for inquest before the warrants of arrest will be returned to the issuing courts, ” the region’s police chief added.
Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Rico Amaro, commanding officer of the 30th IB said the arrested political officer/instructor is one of the alleged best political officer/instructor operating in Surigao del Sur.
“The arrested suspect was in Surigao City and Surigao del Norte to stabilize the ideological, political and organizational works of the SPP1 Guerilla-Front Committee 30 and also to train medics of the NPA platoons in said areas,” claimed the 30th IB commander, when interviewed by media.
“Parang gusto nilang (CPP-NPA) palakasin ang humihina na nilang samahan… and our operating troops has the legal basis for her arrest,” Col. Amaro said, adding that the arrested suspect has also the right to defend herself in court.
On Tuesday (June 13), another political instructor and recruiter of the NPA Guerilla-Front Committee 21-A of the CPP-NPA-NEMRC voluntarily surrendered to the Army’s 36th Infantry (Valor) Battallion (36th IB) commander Lt. Col. Randolph Rojas in Tago, Surigao del Sur.
The surrendered political instructor and recruiter, identified only as certain “Ka Jumong” was specifically tasked to convince young lumads (natives) in highland communities to join the dwindling NPA group in Surigao del Sur, Col. Rojas said.
“Ka Jumong” will still undergo further investigation in collaboration with the concerned government agencies, so that he could avail of the benefits under the Guns for Peace Program (GPP) and Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) of the government, the 36th IB commander added.