SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Nov. 27 -- Ignacio M. Arevalo alias "Tukoy," 59 years old, a member of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) and chairperson of Purok-13, Barangay Mat-i, this city was killed during the implementation of the search warrant for violation of Republic Act (RA) 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act on Nov. 25.
Arevalo fired upon the operating troops which caused them to retaliate to defend themselves, thus, resulting to the death of the suspect.
Police Brigadier General Romeo Caramat, Jr, PRO13 regional director, disclosed that joint operating troops of Surigao City Police Station, 1st Surigao del Norte Provincial Mobile Force Company, 901st Infantry Brigade, and 29th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army implemented Search Warrant No. 2020-002 for violation of RA 10591 issued by Executive Judge Leonila P. Gorgolon, RTC, Branch 30, Surigao City.
Arevalo is the president of Nagkahiusang Ginagmay Minero (NAGAMI), a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) - New People's Army (NPA) Mass Union Organization (CAMO), and an alleged member of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) under Guerilla Front 16B, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee.
Confiscated during the operation were one unit of MKN Colt .45 caliber pistol with one magazine and four live ammunition; two fired cartridge cases of caliber .45; four fired cartridge cases of 9mm; one fired bullet of 9mm, one fragment of fired bullet; one improvised electrical wire; one improvised black switch; one improvised C4; and one hand grenade.
"Around 500 meters away from the place of operation, the withdrawing government troops were fired upon by members of the CTG. No casualty was recorded on the government side during the exchange of firefight which lasted for 15 minutes," PBGen. Caramat, Jr. disclosed.
With the continuous efforts of PNP Caraga on the campaign against insurgency, the region's top cop urges the active members of the terrorist group and its supporters to return to the folds of the law and avail the benefits from the government's Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). (PCpt. Dorothy M. Tumulak, PIO, PRO13/PIA-Surigao del Norte)