Ranking NPA leader falls in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 Apr) – A ranking New People’s Army (NPA) leader was arrested here Sunday by joint elements of the Army’s 29th Infantry Battalion and the police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), military reports said.

In a press statement, Maj. Christian Uy, spokesperson of the 4th Infantry Division, said Bonifacio Mausisa Platil alias “Ka Thaddeus Anob Uray/Tado/Tansyong/Jeffrey,” was arrested by virtue of a warrant of arrest supposedly for murder, multiple attempted murder and attempted murder.

He said that Platil, the second deputy secretary of Sub-Regional Command Sentro De Grabidad “Westland” (SRC Westland) under the North Eastern Mindanao Committee, was arrested around 4:40 p.m. Sunday in Barangay Luna here.

Uy said that Platil was responsible for killings, economic sabotages, and land mine explosions in Sibagat and Bayugan City in Agusan del Sur, RT Romualdez and Cabadbaran City in Agusan del Norte, and in the eastern part of Butuan City.

Maj. Gen. Oscar Lactao, 4ID commander, congratulated the soldiers and the CIDG personnel for Platil’s arrest.

The general refers to Platil as “a fugitive of the law and destroyer of hopes in Caraga.”

“For those who were victimized, especially those who were killed by this criminal, we are one step closer in achieving justice,” he said.

Lactao thanked the people “for giving us timely and relevant information on the whereabouts of this criminal.”

Platil was brought to the CIDG in Butuan City for proper disposition.