The spokesperson of the NPA’s Southern Tagalog Regional Party Committee was apprehended by combined AFP and PNP units after serving a warrant of arrest at Cardinal Santos Medical Center at around 8 p.m. Monday.
Jaime Padilla alias Diego is the concurrent Deputy Secretary of SRMA 4D which operates in Mindoro and a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines’ Central Committee.
The NPA leader was undergoing treatment in the high-end medical facility in San Juan City.
According to Major General Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr, “this accomplishment shows us the disheartening reality that while ordinary rebels whom they deceived to take up arms against the government are deprived of decent medical attention, NPA leaders are enjoying premium health care using money out of their extortion activities.”
He added that the arrest of Jaime Padilla “is a decisive blow to the communist terrorists for it will result to further demoralization among their ranks brought about by leadership vacuum, thus, further pushing them on the brink of collapse.”
According to the military, they were able to dismantle the NPA unit operating in Batangas and Cavite after the 2018 campaign and are now on track to defeat the “few remaining terrorists operating in Rizal, Laguna and Quezon provinces.”
Lt Gen Gilbert Gapay, Commander of the Southern Luzon Command, lauded his troops for “being steadfast in defeating the NPA terrorists in Southern Tagalog which will pave the way for peace, prosperity and development in the immediate south of the national government’s seat of power.”
He added that the apprehension “only shows that the enemies of the state cannot and will never be able to evade the long arms of the law and that sooner than later, justice will be served for all the terroristic actions that they have been committing against our country and people.”
He ended his statement by calling on the subordinates of Jaime Padilla to put down their arms, return to the folds of law and avail reintegration grants while they can “because government forces are slowly but surely closing in to take them down.”
Jaime Padilla is also a member of the Communist Party’s National Information Bureau and was arrested by virtue of a warrant issued by RTC Branch 46 of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.
He is currently under the custody of San Juan Police for filing of appropriate legal charges. PHILIPPINE ARMY