CIDG file criminal cases vs Sison, 9 NPA rebels over Isabela mining sites attack

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) announced on Thursday that it has filed criminal charges against Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF), and some of its ranking members in connection with an attack on mining sites in Isabela in October 2015.

“Investigators of CIDG Santiago City Field Unit (CFU) filed a complaint about a violation of Section 4 paragraph a (4) of RA (Republic Act) No. 9851, also known as “Philippine Act on Crime Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide, and Other Crimes Against Humanity,” and Section 4 (b) of RA No. 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020,” CIDG chief Maj. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro said in a statement.

Ferro said the complaint was filed before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor in Ilagan City, Isabela on Monday against Sison and Rey Busania, Raffy Valencia, Joseph Bautista, Lourdes Bulan, Garry Cantuba, Danny Soria and a certain alias ‘Buding’, alias ‘Shai’ and alias ‘Banong’, who are members of the NPA’s Reynaldo Pinon Command Gitnang Isabela.

The CPP-NPA-NDF was found to be responsible for the attack on the mining sites of ASD Corporation and Nickel Asia Geogen Corporation in Barangay Dimaluade, Dinapigue town, according to CIDG Santiago CFU personnel.

Eighty armed communist terrorists attacked the company on October 28, 2015, holding employees at gunpoint and incinerating all equipment, service vehicles, and bunkhouses. The destroyed property was estimated to be worth P185.35 million.

Terrorists also took a total of P100,000 worth of service firearms from mining company security officers. Extortion was also proven to be the motivation of the communist terrorists who carried out the attack, according to the investigation.

Ferro said the case is among the 1,672 records of incidents turned over by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Center for Law of Armed Conflict (AFPCLOAC) for investigation by the CIDG.

“This is a mere manifestation of CIDG’s commitment to the Legal Offensive Line of Effort under the AFP-PNP-NBI-PCG Peace, Security and Development Support Cluster of the NTF-ELCAC,” Ferro said.

“The NTF-ELCAC is never only about military operations. It is largely about addressing the root causes of insurgencies and armed conflict by prioritizing and harmonizing the delivery of the government’s basic services and social development. Bringing justice to victims of terrorists through the rule of law is part of our many efforts,” he added.

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