CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City (DWDD) - After the successful apprehension of the three NPA members who perpetrated the burning of seven (7) heavy trucks in Bukidnon last March 8, 2015, they will be facing multiple charges while their leader remains at large.
The three NPAs identified as Henry P Omandam a.k.a Empoy, 19 years old; Vergel Pitogo a.k.a Marmar, 23 years old; and John Rey O Flores, 16 years old, were apprehended last March 15, 2015 at Brgy Palacapao, Quezon, Bukidnon at around 8 am during the joint operation conducted by the local PNP together with the 4thScout Ranger Battalion under 403rd Infantry Brigade following an information they’ve received from a concerned citizen about the presence of the three in their community.
“This is the consequence when you join the New People’s Army. There will be nobody, not even your leaders, will come to your aid when you are put in a situation that warrants you to justify your unlawful actions. You are on your own to tend the charges against you.” said Major General Oscar T Lactao, Commander of 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army.
The local PNP in Quezon, Bukidnon filed charges against the trio in violation of R.A. 10591 which is “unlawful acquisition and possession of firearms and ammunitions” with penalty of reclusion temporal to reclusion perpetua and R.A. 8294 which is “Illegal possession of high explosives and ammunitions”. They are also filing frustrated murder case after these NPAs ambushed the responding PNP personnel during the burning incident and arson case when they burned the seven heavy trucks.
“While the three are on the hot seat, their commander, who is the brain behind the attack remains at large.”
“Let this serve as a lesson to all members of NPAs and to those who are planning to join the armed struggle. NPA leaders are not concerned about your welfare, they are only using you to pursue their vested interest and in destroying the hopes and dreams of Filipinos in achieving peace and development. I urge you to contemplate and come to a decision of leaving the armed struggle and return to mainstream society to experience living peaceful life with your families.”, MGen Lactao added addressing the rebels.