NPA leader arrested in Davao
MANILA, Philippines – One of the most wanted leaders of rebel group New People's Army (NPA) was arrested on Sunday, July 28, in Digos City, Davao del Sur.
The captured NPA leader was identified as Maria Loyda Tuzo Magpatoc, alias Gwen, the "front secretary" of the group's Far South Mindanao Regional Committee.
Magpatoc is responsible for a series of criminal activities like murder, extortion and kidnapping in parts of SOCCSKSARGEN region and Davao del Sur. Several warrants of arrest were issued against her.
Documents from the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines showed that Magpatoc became front secretary of the NPA's North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee in 2000. She is also part of the executive committee of Komisyon Mindanao, the main party organ of the Communist Party of the Philippines in Mindanao.
Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier G Cruz III, commander of the EastMinCom, said Magpatoc could be held liable under Republic Act 9851 or the Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity.
"The 39th Infantry Battalion under 1002nd Brigade, 10th ID is providing the requirements of Magpatoc, while the Davao del Sur Police Provincial Office through its children and women’s desk is assisting her needs while under custody," he said. – Rappler.com