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Amazon leader arrested in joint PNP-Army operation

A high-ranking official of the New People’s Army was arrested in a joint police and military operation at the San Francisco Public Market in Agusan del Sur at 4:48 p.m. on Saturday.

Lt. Col. Ernesto Castillo, the chief of the Digos City Police Station identified, her to TIMES as Rachel Cortez Daguman alias Kumander Jasmin, 44, secretary of Front Committee 51, Sub-regional Command, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee(SMRC).

Castillo said Kumander Jasmin was the former head of Regional Peasant Bureau (RPB), and a resident of Coronon in Sta. Cruz. Davao del Sur. “She is number one in PRRD’s list.”

He said Jasmin has a pending warrant of arrest for robbery with homicide with CC No. 160 (08) issued by Regional Trial Court 11th Judicial region, Branch 19 in Digos City, Davao del Sur dated Nov. 28, 2008 with no bail recommended.

According to the report, the operation was jointly conducted by Digos City Police Station, led by Lt. Col. Ernesto Castillo; San Francisco Municipal Police Station; intelligence operatives from 75th Infantry Battalion; Army Intelligence Regiment; Regional Intelligence Unit; Agusan del Sur Police Provincial Office; 401st Infantry Brigade; 10th Military Intelligence Battalion of the 10th Infantry Division; and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency XI.

Meanwhile, Castillo said, that Jasmin was already transferred to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Digos City yesterday.

Also he said their personnel are on alert status for possible retaliation of the NPA.

In the Philippine Information Agency report last March 2015, Rachel Daguman or Jasmin led rebels under Guerrilla Front 6 of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee as they flagged down several vehicles at 5:45 a.m. on March 8 along Davao-Buda road in Barangay Palacapao, Quezon, Bukidnon.

They burned three prime movers (containing one Bantuanon truck loaded with bananas, one trans-special truck, one FSTA truck loaded with cartons); three wing-van trucks (containing a Nestle van loaded with milk products, one Purefoods van loaded with hotdogs, one van loaded with drums); and one San Miguel 10-wheeler truck loaded with Red Horse Beer. Two of the trucks were bound for Bukidnon while five others were heading to Davao.

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