The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) commends the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for "another victory" in the arrest of a high ranking leader and official of the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) on Monday evening.
"It's another victory for the government and the country as we, little by little, extinguish these terrorists who only harbor fear among our people. Kudos to the joint team of the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO), and the AFP Southern Luzon Command for this arrest. Keep up the good work," says DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año.
"Ipagpatuloy natin ang masigasig na pagtitiyak na ang ating bansa ay malayo sa banta ng mga teroristang ito," he adds.
Año says that the arrest of Jaime “Ka Diego” Padilla, spokesperson of the CPP-NPA’s Southern Tagalog Melito Glor Command, and three of his companions, is a result of the persistent and continuous efforts of the national government and all of its armed instrumentalities to go after the enemies of the state who have continued to sow terror and wage war against the government.
"Ito po ay bunga ng patuloy na pagtatrabaho ng ating pamahalaan kasama na ang lahat ng mga law enforcement unit nito. Hindi po kami titigil hanggang hindi natin natutuldukan ang terorismo at mga pangkat na nangunguna dito sa ating bansa," he says.
In a press conference earlier, DILG Spokesperson and Undersecretary Jonathan E. Malaya says that Padilla’s capture is a big blow to the CPP-NPA. "Malaking dagok ito sa kanila lalo na ngayong patuloy at aktibo ang pamahalaan sa mga hakbang nito upang tuluyang mapigilan ang pagsulong ng kanilang mga gawain."
He says that the CPP-NPA continuously suffered huge setbacks because of the increasing number of rebel surrenderers, the successive arrest of communist personalities and the success of the whole-of-nation approach adopted by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict or NTF-ELCAC.
According to the report of PNP-CIDG, Padilla was seeking medical treatment at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City when he was seized by joint PNP and AFP forces.
"With this victory, the DILG assures the public that the government will exercise all legal means to ensure that our country will not succumb to the threat of terrorism, and our people will continue to enjoy their freedom," Año says.
Padilla and his three companions, who will also face charges, for harboring criminals and are currently detained in Camp Crame.
Prior to the arrest, the arrested NPA leader has a standing warrant of arrest for multiple charges of murder, multiple murder and kidnapping.