Rebel leader Elizalde “Ka Jinggoy” Tormis Canete is already padlocked at the Davao City Jail in Ma-a.
One of the judges handing the several criminal cases against the top leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) issued on Wednesday the commitment order for his detention at the city jail.
Sr. Insp. Maria Teresita Gaspan, spokesperson of Davao City Police Office (DCPO), said Ka Jinggoy was committed to the city jail Wednesday morning after Judge Mario Duaves of Regional Trial Court Branch 15 issued the order.
Gaspan said agents from DCPO’s Special Weapons and Tactic (SWAT) team, City Mobile Force Company (CMFC) and Investigation Detection and Management Branch, led by Chief Insp. Leonardo Tarongoy, brought Ka Jinggoy to the city jail.
Jail Insp. Edo Lobenia, the spokesperson of the Bureau of Jail Penology and Management (BJMP) XI, said the BJMP is working closely with other law enforcement agencies in providing security measures.
Lobenia said the Special Tactics and Response (Star) Team of the regional BJMP is already deployed at the city jail.
The Star Team, the elite tactical unit trained to perform high-risk operations composed of highly trained BJMP personnel and experts in dealing with high risks inmates, is activated every time there are high-profile detainees at the city jail. Last February, they were tasked in the transfer of the Maute Gang members, tagged in the Roxas Night Market bombing, from the Davao City Jail to Taguig City.
From Bukidnon, Ka Jinggoy was transferred here on Monday to face the multiple charges filed against him.
Right after he was released Monday night from a private hospital in Don Carlos, Bukidnon where he was operated and recuperated for almost three weeks, Ka Jinggoy was transported here by the authorities thru a military helicopter.
The escort team arrived at the Tactical Operations Group (TOG) at the city’s old airport in Barangay Sasa at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday. He was brought to the Southern Philippines Medical Center for the needed medical examination before he was moved to DCPO.
DCPO director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum said Ka Jinggoy will be tried for a total of 12 criminal cases pending in different trial courts in Davao.
In the 12 cases, Tagum said five are non-bailable offenses.
The non-bailable cases are four counts of murder charges and one count of serious illegal detention.
Among the other charges filed against Ka Jinggoy included four separate attempted murder cases (a total of P400,000 bail bond recommended), robbery in band (P100,000 bail bond recommended), and frustrated murder (P80,000 bail bond recommended).
One of the murder charges filed against Ka Jinggoy involved the death of fish vendor Larry Buenafe who died days after sustaining shrapnel wounds during an NPA attack of Lapanday in Barangay Mandug last year, Tagum said.
Kay Jinggoy, 36, is the commander of Pulang Bagani Company (PBC) 1 of the NPA’s Regional Operations Command, Southern Mindanao Regional committee (SMRC). The command primarily operates in the hinterlands of city and parts of Davao region and the province of Bukidnon.
Jinggoy, a resident of Monkayo, Compostela Valley, assumed the post following the death of Leoncio Pitao, aka Ka Parago, said to be a close friend then of former Mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte.