Domingo Ritas, one of the top NPA leaders in Palawan, and 6 other NPA members were arrested in a Joint Law Enforcement/Checkpoint operation conducted by operating forces under Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command, Puerto Princesa City Police Office, and Palawan Provincial Police Office.
The operation was held at around 11:00 pm October 4 at Barangay San Jose, Puerto Princesa City.
”WESCOM would like to commend the troops and Palawan PNP during the conduct of said operation. Their diligence and commitment to duties successfully contributed to our campaign to end local communist armed conflict here in the Province of Palawan and to the country as a whole,” WESCOM commander Vice Admiral Rene V. Medina said.
“WESCOM will continue to engage and collaborate with other government agencies for the protection of the people and communities against lawless elements, and communist terrorist groups to disable them from pursuing terroristic objectives against soft targets here in Palawan that hinders peace, security, and development of the province,” Vice Admiral Medina added.
“Moreover, we will continue to urge the remaining members of CPP-NPA to choose the path of peace. We call on them to go back to the folds of the law by putting their arms down and surrender. WESCOM with our government agencies are more than willing to assist them to start their lives anew with their families and loved ones,” he noted.
WESCOM said it will continue its initiatives to support the established Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) in the Province of Palawan down to the City/ Municipalities and Barangays to institutionalize more programs to protect the most vulnerable sectors of the community from CTG recruitment and propaganda.