CPP-NPA Regional finance officer nabbed in Butuan City

Photo of Leonida Guao from Hukbo.com (ctto)

The alleged regional finance officer of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)- National People’s Army (NPA) was nabbed on Friday at around 2:50 in the afternoon at Barangay Bading, Butuan City.

Arrested was Leonida Guao with aliases of Leah, Ligaya, and Laya, who is reported the CPP-NPA finance officer in Caraga region and Mindanao.

The suspect is now under the custody of the CARAGA regional police.

She was arrested in a joint military and police operation, in accordance to the warrant of arrest issued by the Regional Trial Court of Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.

The authority described her as one of the high-ranking leader of the CPP-NPA, she handles the terror-group’s funds in Mindanao.

"This arrest is a result of the cooperation of the whole community and the different law enforcement agencies. It also proves that the terrorists cannot run away from the long arm of the law," said Lt. Gen Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr., the Commander of the Easter Mindanao Command (EMC).

Captain Anthony Al Pueblas, Civil Military Office (CMO) officer of the 36th infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army also said that Guao’s arrest is a big accomplishment in line with the campaign of the government against terrorist.

The arrest of Guao is supposedly the third arrest of another high-ranking rebel official this week, says the police and military forces.

On Wednesday, authorities rearrested the National Democratic Front (NDF) consultant Rafael Baylosis for murder case. And another NDF Consultant Rommel Salinas was also arrested for frustrated murder on Thursday, in Ozamis City, according to the Northern Mindanao Police.

Both are now facing charges of illegal possession of explosives, which is a non-bailable case.

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