Agusan’s most wanted NPA leader, high-ranking cohorts surrender

Bancasi, Butuan City – Agusan’s most wanted New People’s Army (NPA) leader together with three (3) high ranking NPAs and one (1) NPA Medic surrendered to 42nd Military Intelligence Company (42MICo) under the Operational Control of 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade on July 4, 2022.

The top NPA leader who surrendered to 42MICo is identified as Rogelio Sapon Gerondio Jr who is conspicuously known as aka Napnap, 45 years old, Secretary of Sub-Regional Committee (SRC) 3, and the concurrent CO of Regional Operations Command (ROC) of SRC 3. Gerondio who spent 18 years as NPA is the husband of Julieta Galario Gerondio @ Kai/Bel, the former Secretary of SRC 3 who was apprehended last April 4,2022. He was the culprit behind numerous hostile activities and atrocities however, opted to surrender due to the series of encounters at Brgy. Macalang, Buenavista and Brgy. Consorcia of Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte that led to numerous casualties on their side, either dead or wounded. As a result, it weakened their will to fight every time they encountered with the government troops.

Gerondio is facing several warrants of arrest with its respective crime case numbers as follows: 3497 (Murder); 3495 (Frustrated Murder); 4210 (Multiple Frustrated Murder); 3948 (Multiple Murder); 3498 (Frustrated Murder); 3496 (Frustrated Murder); 4167 (Grave Threats); 6974 (Murder); 4019 (Multiple Murder); 4115 (Multiple Murder); and 6972 (Attempted Murder).
Moreover, Gerondio surrendered together with three (3) high ranking NPAs and one (1) Medic who are identified as Ruel Nawagas Namansulay, 30 years old, CO of Front Operational Command (FOC) of Former Guerilla Front 4A, SRC 3; Maricel Asalan Lunsayan, 29 years old, Political Officer (Head Provincial Staff) of Former Guerilla Front 4A, SRC 3; Rexon Sapon Guinar Sr, 49 years old, the brother of Rogelio Gerondio and a Political Officer (Head Provincial Staff) of Former Guerilla Front 88, SRC 3 ; and Nita Ondong Guinar, 48 years old of Former Guerilla Front 88, SRC 3.

The aforementioned surrendered CPP-NPA Terrorists brought along with them the following: one (1) AR18 Rifle; one (1) M14 Rifle; one (1) M16 Rifle; and two (2) Cal. 45 pistols.

To recall, the 402nd Infantry Brigade implemented its sustained, focused military operations as early as October last year which resulted to the neutralization of NPA’s top personalities such as Jelan Pinakilid, Agusan’s Top NPA extortionist together with his wife, Darling Pinakilid. Also, SRC 3’s Spokeperson and Finance Officer, Armando Pante Rabanes @ ANTOY also surrendered last 07 December 2022.

BGen Adonis Ariel G Orio, 402BDe Commander, commended the troops for a successful conduct of joint intelligence operation that led to the surrender of the said Top NPA leader and high-ranking members.

“It has been more than a decade since we’re trying to catch these most wanted NPAs. The surrender of Gerondio aka Napnap and others is the result of all the collaborative efforts that the NTF-ELCAC has long been doing. To those who are still inside the NPA hideouts, you cannot stay there forever. The government forces will continue its focused military operations to hunt you down. Do not wait to have the same fate of those who died due to long senseless armed struggle.” BGen Orio said.

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