Davao Mayor Lauds Arrest of NPA Leader

DAVAO CITY–Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Tuesday lauded the military for the successful operation leading to the apprehension of Elizalde Caṅete alias Ka Jinggoy, the top leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) operating in Davao Region and some parts of Bukidnon.

“I am very happy with the result of the operation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) we can really see the outcome of their hard work to apprehend the big personalities in the rebel group. I’d like to congratulate them on this success,” the mayor said on Tuesday.

Duterte-Carpio said that the apprehension of Caṅete was a big step in achieving justice for all atrocities involving the rebel leader in the city.

She also asked for the people’s support to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to continue giving their trust and confidence to the men in uniform to achieve just and lasting peace in the city.

“I’d like to solicit the support of the public in all the programs and projects of the city government of Davao, AFP, Philippine National Police and the barangays because these institutions represent the government which the people should support,” the mayor said.

The mayor added that the city will support the filing of charges against Caṅete to give justice to those people who were affected by the action of the NPA leader.

“The city will help in the filing of charges against him,” she said. “The City Prosecutor’s Office will file charges against them.”

It can be recalled that Larry Buenafe, a fish vendor was killed after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded after the rebels burned the Lapanday Box Plant in Mandug last year.

The mayor called on the NPA and asked for justice for the death of Buenafe.

On May 29, Caṅete was turned over to Davao City Police Office (DCPO) after he was arrested in a hospital in Bukidnon.

Caṅete replaced Leoncio Pitao who was killed in an encounter with the 10th Infantry Division in 2015. (PNA)