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Monday, May 30, 2022

NPA finance staff arrested in Surigao Norte 

PLACER, Surigao del Norte -- A former New People's Army (NPA) commander and now a finance staff of the communist-terrorist group (CTG) was apprehended by the joint elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) at Brgy. Bad-as, Placer, Surigao del Norte, at around 5:45 in the afternoon on Thursday, May 26.

Through the cooperation made by the concerned citizens and by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by the presiding judge of the Regional Trial Court Branch 34, 10th Judicial Region in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte, joint elements from the AFP and PNP arrested Eliamar Monter alias "Gab"/"Teo", a notorious NPA leader who used to lead  an NPA unit in Agusan del Norte and now a finance staff of the Sub-Regional Committee of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee, who was found hiding in a safehouse in the vicinity of Brgy Bad-as, Placer, Surigao del Norte. 

Immediately after the arrest, Monter was made to undergo medical check-up prior to turning him over to Placer Municipal Police Station for proper disposition. Monter is also facing multiple criminal charges such as frustrated murder, homicide and attempted murder. 

"We would like to extend our gratitude to our peace-loving communities for the strong support in our campaign to end the local insurgency in the province. With active support and participation of the community, the total collapse of the CTG is already imminent. These CTGs have been disturbing the lives of the populace who wish to live peacefully. That is why we encourage everyone to support the government for us to attain inclusive peace and development in the area, “ said Brigadier General George Banzon of the 901st Infantry Brigade, which oversees Placer as part of its area of responsibility (AOR).

BGen Banzon also reiterated his call to the remaining members of the CTGs to abandon the armed struggle and stop wasting their lives on an ideology that could kill them one day. (901st Infantry Brigade, PA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)