NPA commander Parago’s successor arrested

The successor of NPA leader Leoncio Pitao alias Parago as head of Pulang Bagani Command 1-Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (PBC1-SMRC), Elizalde Cañete alias Jinggoy was arrested during an Inter-Agency Law Enforcement Operations on May 12, 2018 at 10 am at Don Carlos Doctors Hospital, Don Carlos, Bukidnon, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) said.

PBC1-SMRC operates in the boundary of Bukidnon, Davao del Norte and the mountainous districts of Davao City.

According to Inter-Agency report of 1003rd Infantry Brigade, 403rd Brigade and Don Carlos Municipal Police Office they served the warrant of arrest for multiple murder and arson while Cañete was in the hospital seeking medical treatment after he was wounded in an encounter in Kitaotao, Bukidnon on May 10 with the troops of 1003rd Brigade.

EASTMINCOM said Jinggoy was first arrested sometime 2010 after soldiers of the Special Forces saved him after he was seriously wounded in an encounter in Montevista, Compostela Valley. However, he was able to jump bail sometime on 2013 and went back to the NPA Terrorist Group.

“Alias Jinggoy has been charged for numerous crimes and atrocities he committed. It can be recalled that he was the one responsible for the death of fish vendor Larry Buenafe in Mandug, Davao City sometime on May 2017 during the NPAs burning of Lapanday Facility in the said Barangay,” EASTMINCOM said. “Likewise, his group was the one responsible for burning of the equipment being used in the ongoing by pass road at Barangays Mandug and Fatima, both of Paquibato, Davao City.”

“The arrest of Jingoy and his eventual prosecution will now give justice to the victims of his many atrocities particularly, to the late Larry Buenafe who was just peacefully earning a living when he was killed by an NPA-laid landmine. While he is receiving medical treatment, we will be backing up the Philippine National Police in providing security and in the eventual prosecution of his numerous cases,” EASTMINCOM commander Lieutenant General Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr. said.

“Just like the first time that he was hospitalized in Davao City in 2010, aside from security, I also directed the units concerned to provide and facilitate necessary assistance for his recovery for him to face his charges in the proper court,” Lieutenant General Madrigal added.