May 24, 2024

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Female NPA leader captured in Bulacan

By Jun Talusan

A FEMALE New People’s Army leader on Friday was arrested by operatives of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion of the Police Regional Office 4-A in a manhunt operation in Pandi. Bulacan.

A report to  PRO4-A director Brig. Gen. Jose Melencio C. Nartatez Jr. by PRO4-A RMFB OIC Lt. Col. Agosto M. Asuncion identified the arrested suspect as April Joy Razo alias “Jess/Yeng,” 33, of Bgy. Mapulang Lupa, Pandi town.

According to  Asuncion, Razo used to be an officer of the NPA’s Nilo Hatol Command operating in Quezon province and daughter of a former squad leader of the NPA’s Eduardo Dagli Command who was killed in an encounter with government troops in Batangas on April 29, 2019.

The suspect reportedly became the party wife of another NPA leader who was slain in a shootout with security forces in Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro on June 3, 2019.

Asuncion said the suspect is wanted for her involvement in an attack in Bgy. San Jose in Luisiana, Laguna that injured three Army soldiers.

Razo was also described as a member of the Kadamay-Bulacan, a group accused of illegally occupying around 6,000 social housing units built by the National Housing Authority in Pandi, Bulacan for uniformed personnel and informal settlers in March 2017.

A tracker team from the PRO4-A RMFB arrested the suspect on the strength of a warrant of arrest for attempted homicide issued on April 26. 2012  by Judge Donna Pascual of the Cavinti-Luisiana Municipal Circuit Trial Court in Laguna.