The high-ranking New People’s Army officer who allegedly led the bloody raid on the Mati City police station has been apprehended, military officials said.
Caught in Brgy. Taguibo at around 6 PM Tuesday evening was Prince Wendel Olofernes alias Doy or Edoy. He was arrested while still wearing military fatigues by government troops.
He was captured after local residents tipped government forces about a man wearing a military uniform.
According to spokesman Lt. Vergel Lacambra of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, Olofernes is allegedly the head of the NPA’s Front 18 Sentro de Gravidad (Center of Gravity) and was the one who led the assault on the police station situation in Madang Village on Sunday night.
He succeeded to the position when the former front commander Jordan Donillo was arrested last December in Compostela Valley, said Lacambra.
Four soldiers and one communist guerrilla identified as Brian Alonzo were killed in the assault which happened at around 7:30 PM and which was conducted by an estimated 50 NPA fighters. According to Lacambra, Alonzo was Olofernes’ deputy commander.
The four soldiers were killed when the rebels detonated an improvised explosive device under their truck as they rushed to reinforce the beleaguered policemen.
Many soldiers were also wounded in the landmine attack and the subsequent running battles against the retreating rebels.
Various raps are being readied against Olofernes and his comrades, Lacambra said. His commander, Major General Eduardo Año meanwhile vowed to pursue the lawless armed elements who killed the soldiers.
The New People’s Army is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines and has been waging the world’s longest-running insurgency.
Earlier, the Philippine National Police lauded the policemen who prevented the rebels from overrunning the station.
However, local PNP units have remained in high alert for possible future attacks.