Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año lauded the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the AFP for the arrest of two “big fishes” of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) today.
Apprehended were Rey Claro Casambre and Patricia Casambre, both Central Committee members of the CPP-NPA. The former has standing warrant of arrest (WOA) for murder and attempted murder.
According to Año, Casambre is the head of the National United Front and is the one orchestrating all the activities of the Kilusang Mayo Uno, Kadamay, and other Communist front organizations. He is also connected to the Movement Against Tyranny (MAT) and destabilization plots against the government.
“Unti-unti nang nalalagasan ang CPP-NPA. Ngayon, dalawang malaking isda ang nahuli ng sting kapulisan at mga militar at patuloy rin ang pagsuko ng mga rebeldeng NPA. Hindi magtatagal ay matutuldukan na ang walang kabuluhang pag-aaklas ng CPP-NPA laban sa pamahalaan at magkakaroon na ng kapayapaan sa ating mga komunidad,” he said.
He also congratulated PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Director Chief Supt. Amador Corpus, particularly its National Capital Region Field Unit (CIDG-NCRFU) and the Cavite PNP Provincial Police Office, with special credit to the efforts of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
“Keep up the good work! Continue to be instruments of peace as we strive to open our doors to those who are willing to turn their backs on the communist movement and join mainstream society,” he said.
He considered the arrest as “a big victory” for the national government as Rey Casambre is one of the trusted leaders of exiled communist leader Jose Maria “Joma” Sison. He also assured the public that the two (2) will be tried in accordance with existing laws as they were immediately brought to CIDG-NCRFU for proper documentation and disposition.
“In the PNP-led operation ‘Oplan Pagtugis’ and ‘Paglalansag Omega’, the Casambres were legally taken into custody. We assure the public that they will be given due process as the cases move forward,” he added.
Based on the report of the PNP, the Casambres were collared in Brgy. Niyog 3, Molino Boulevard in Bacoor, Cavite while they were on board a silver car with plate number XKS-821 on December 7, 2018, 12:01 AM.
Seized from the couple were some high caliber firearms including one Colt Commander Cal. 45 pistol; one magazine for Cal. 45 pistol; seven live ammunition for Cal. 45; one bundle of Electric Detonating Cord; and one Fragmentation Grenade. Also confiscated were two cellphones, a Macbook laptop and a total of P6,000 cash.
The DILG Chief said Rey Casambre has verified WOA for murder under Criminal Case No. 2520-18 and two counts of attempted murder on Criminal Case Nos. 2521 and 2522-18 dated November 23, 2018.
The warrant was issued by Presiding Judge Emilio G. Dayanghirang III of the Regional Trial Court 11th Judicial Region, Branch 32, Lupon, Davao Oriental.