Ten operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group who served search warrants on alleged members of the New People’s Army in Negros Occidental, were honored and conferred Medalyas ng Kagalingan (Medals of Merit) at Camp Crame in Quezon City, yesterday.
PNP officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Francisco Gamboa pinned the medals on 10 CIDG personnel composed of Col. Benliner Capili, Lt. Col. Anthony Gantang, Chief Master Sergeant Ramiro Gocotano, Senior Master Sergeant Rex Himodo, Senior Master Sergeant Alberto Sombilon, Senior Master Sergeant Jerome Jambaro, Pat. Elmer Toos, Pat. Eljhon Dapitan, Pat. Neshijara Beare, and Pat. John Patrick Evangelista.
The simultaneous and successful serving of search warrants on October 31 in barangays Bata, 33 and Taculing in Bacolod City, had resulted in the arrest of 42 identified members of Komiteng Rehiyon-Negros, Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor (KR-NCBS), the police claimed.
The police said that 13 newly recruited minors from different areas of Negros Occidental, were rescued while undergoing combat-related training and indoctrination.
Two others were also nabbed the next day in Escalante City, Negros Occidental, in an arrest that also yielded guns and explosives.
The operation also resulted in the confiscation of 32 assorted firearms, three fragmentation grenades, two 40 mm and assorted ammunition.
Militant organizations, however, have said that those arrested were activists and leaders of various party-list and allied groups, who are critics of the Duterte administration.*
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