The military reported on February 03, 2018 that an alleged ranking leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) was arrested in Butuan City on February 01, 2018.
Arrested for the crime of murder in Barangay Bading, Leonida Guao, is the NPA’s alleged finance officer in Mindanao. The warrant was issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch-7 in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur. The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
She have been seized carrying one pistol, 45 magazines, six rounds of live ammunition, one pistol holder, five blasting caps, and detonating cord. Guao was placed is the custody of the CARAGA regional police district for further legal processing.
Commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command Lt. General Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr. said that the arrest of Guao proves that “cannot run away from the long arm of the law.”
“The arrest gave justice to the victims of their atrocities, particularly those indigenous peoples they brutally killed, the common people who have been victimized by their extortion and terroristic activities, and those who have lost their livelihood brought about by their arson and sabotage activities,” he said.
Guao is the second communist leader arrested since President Rodrigo Duterte cancelled peace talks between the government and the rebel groups. Duterte scrapped the peace negotiations with the communist group last year after the NPA launched a series of attacks on government targets. The decision to halt the talks came after the NPA ambushed members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) in North Cotabato in July 2017.