by JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Joint elements of the government forces in Northern Mindanao arrested a suspected finance officer of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) Northern Mindanao Regional Command, reports reaching MDNN said yesterday.
Led by operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CDEU) based in Cagayan de Oro, the arrested suspect was identified as Aldeem Abroguena Yañez, while his companion Francisco Pagayaman eluded arrest. Both were suspected members of the NPA rebels and included in an arrest warrant penned down by Judge Arthur Abundiente, executive judge of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 25 based in Cagayan de Oro City.
The search warrant against the two suspects was dated April 6, 2022, it was learned. Based on the search warrant, it was conducted on April 10, 2021 at about 7:03 AM at a house in Urban Poor Village, Centro Iponan, Cagayan de Oro City.
Confiscated from the suspect included the following:
a. One (1) unit colt automatic caliber .45 with serial number 81376 United States Property
M1911A1 inserted magazine with Six (6) live Cartridges;
b. One (1) unit Hand Fragmentation Grenade with serial number LOIPPRB7;
c. Two (2) pcs. ID for COMELEC Voters ID and Covid-19 Vaccination Card name by
YAÑEZ, ALDEEM A.;
d. One (1) pc brown envelop with marking “BKOP 2020” Batakang Kursong Pang-Opisyal
sa Platun, containing subversive documents;
e. One (1) sling bag color Brown;
f. One (1) unit Hand Fragmentary M84;
g. One (1) unit RD 40mm DP M911A1 Rifle Grenade;
h. One (1) unit Rifle Grenade;
i. One (1) small cartoon box;
j. One (1) pc Covid Vaccination Card named by PAGAYAMAN FRANCISCO S.;
k. One (1) Black sling bag HANDYCAM Brand;
l. Four (4) pcs. Draft documents with NPA LOGO; and
m. Two (2) pcs. Sim cards of Talk N Txt (TNT) and Touch Mobile (TM).
Initial investigation disclosed that the arrested suspect Aldeem Yañez, alias Wespy, was the Finance Officer of RWAC-NCMR, while Francisco Pagayaman, alias Iko, Ben, Liyab was the chairman and spokesperson of Kadamay in Northern Mindanao.
According to the CIDG, the search that was conducted inside the house was in accordance with law and it was also done in a very orderly manner.
It was also witnessed by the house owner and two other Barangay Officials namely Barangay Kag Eddie Zambas and Brgy Kag Limuel Enerio.
The actual search led by CIDG Northern Mindanao was also participated by the members of Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bulua PS-7, (AFP), CIDG RSOT and Canine Unit 10. ###