CAMP MELCHOR F DELA CRUZ, Upi, Gamu, Isabela–“David Soriano a.k.a. Colly and Jerome Antonio, the top leader of the Komiteng Rehiyon ng Hilagang Silangan Luzon of the CPP/NPA, was actually captured in a pursuit operation launched by our troops immediately after they harassed the isolated outpost of the PNP in Amulung, Cagayan.
The Amulung PNP harassment transpired at around 5:00 PM but was followed by the capture of Communist Terrorist Leader(CTL) Soriano at around 5:45 PM last May 04, 2017 by the joint forces of 17th Infantry Battalion Soldiers and Peñablanca Police Municipal Office at the National Highway of Brgy Camasi, Peñablanca, Cagayan. The apprehension of Soriano will finally give justice to their victims and to the Cagayanos who suffered the most with their atrocities,”says Captain Jefferson Somera, 5ID spokesperson on the statement released on how the actual events unfolded last May 04, 2017.
The joint checkpoint operations setup by the Army and PNP that caught David Soriano and his companion, Jude Cipriano, was part of the pursuit operations of the government forces upon learning of the incident in Amulung, Cagayan.
Meanwhile, MGen Paul T Atal, D.P.A.AFP, 5ID Commander, condemned the incident questioning the sincerity of the communist terrorists/NPAs in the ongoing peace negotiation. “This incident has clearly placed doubts as to the sincerity of the rebels in the ongoing peace talks. Nevertheless, the 5th Infantry Division will continue to reach out to our misguided Filipino brothers and sisters to lay down their arms and abandon their armed struggle for the sake of Peace for Development to follow. These atrocities are counter-productive to the development of our region.”MGen Atal commented. 5DPAO / MCAG