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DAVAO CITY – Security forces have captured a senior communist leader in Kidapawan City in southern Philippines as military operation continues against the insurgents in the restive region.

Lt. Col. Ezra Batagtey, a spokesman for the Eastern Mindanao Command, said Mindaley Santeses Genotiva was captured at a checkpoint on Wednesday afternoon after soldiers and policemen intercepted her van. Details of the operation were not made public, but Balagtey said Genotiva had been under surveillance prior to her arrest.

A military photo released to regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner shows New People’s Army leader Mindaley Santeses Genotiva following her capture on October 22, 2019 in Kidapawan City.

He said Genotiva, who heads the Sub-Regional Urban Committee and Regional Tax Implementing Group of the New People’s Army and Communist Party of the Philippines, are facing a string of criminal cases and included on the most wanted list of the police and military.

Genotiva operates in North Cotabato, Southern Bukidnon, and Davao City, hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte who ordered a massive operation against the insurgent group fighting for a separate communist state in the country.

A report by Col. Gabriel Viray III, commander of the 901st Infantry Brigade, who was behind the operation that led to Genotiva’s capture, said the rebel leader have at least 8 arrest warrants for murder, frustrated murder and attempted murder charges against her. “All warrants were issued and signed by Presiding Judge Henelinda J. Molina-Diaz of RTC-12, Branch 61 in Kidapawan City,” he said.

Genotiva was also being implicated to extortion activities in the provinces and violent anti-government protests in Kidapawan City in April 2016.

Lt. Gen. Felimon Santos Jr., chief of the Eastern Mindanao Command, praised the capture of the rebel leader and warned the NPA of the government’s continued operation, branding Genotiva as a “high-value target.” “Her capture will bring justice to the victims of her atrocities,” Santos said.

There was no immediate statement from the NPA on Genotiva’s capture. (Mindanao Examiner. With additional report from Rhoderick Beñez.)


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