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Ranking NPA leader arrested in Bohol




A ranking leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) who has been hiding in President Carlos P. Garcia town in Bohol was arrested by security forces on Thursday.

The Army’s 47th Infantry Battalion identified the communist rebel as Junifie Dagale alias “Chang”/”Tanya”/”Habagat”/”Inang,” a member of the intelligence unit of the Regional Operational Command under the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee, which operates in Davao region.

Soldiers and policemen nabbed Dagale at the house of her husband’s relative in Brgy. Aguining. The 43-year-old leader of the Guerilla Front 33 was arrested on a warrant for murder issued by the Regional Trial Court 11 in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

“(Her arrest) means that Bohol is not a safe haven for NPA members who want to hide and flee. Boholanos are far more vigilant in sending reports whenever they see new faces around their community,” said 47th IB civil-military operations officer 1Lt. Elma Grace Remonde.

According to military report, Dagale as a member of the Reds’ intelligence unit is implicated in raids on military outposts in Nabunturan, Davao de Oro, and Asuncion, Davao del Norte in 2008 and 2010, respectively, as well as on a security agency in Butuan City in 2012.

Dagale was involved in an abduction in Panabo City, Davao del Norte, and the ambush on government troops and members of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in 2014 in Kapalong, Davao del Norte, the report stated.

Dagale is also suspected of having a hand in raids on a mining compound in Monkayo, Davao de Oro, and Mati Police station in 2015, as well as arson attacks on the Lapanday Corp. plastic plant and Lorenzo Farm in Davao City in April 2017.

According to the military, Dagale recruited youths to the “Asdang Kultura,” a cultural theater group that use recruits for gathering information and monitoring government troops.