A member of a Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) who ranks as MIMAROPA’s Most Wanted Person was arrested by joint police operatives led by CIDG RFU 4B in a manhunt operation late evening of April 29, 2022 (Friday) in Brgy. San Isidro, San Jose Occidental Mindoro.

55-year-old ECOY PAYAS a.k.a. “Jomar” was arrested by virtue of a Warrant of Arrest issued by Hon. Ernesto P. Pagayatan, the Executive Judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 46, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro for the crimes of Murder (2 counts) and Multiple Murder.

Payas is listed as one of the personalities included in the Periodic Status Report of the Threat Group and a member of the Sub-Regional Military Area (SRMA) 4D of the Southern Tagalog Regional Party Committee (STRPC).

CIDG averred that the suspect is an armed member and political leader of Sangay Military Sektor Rapos of Komiteng Norly Binan Mindoro Island Party Committee (MPIC) which is the equivalent of the PLTN SERNA under Kilusan Larangan Guerilla (KLG) Mark Anthony Velasco (MAV), SRMA 4D, STRPC whose areas of operation covers the municipalities of Bulalacao in Oriental Mindoro and Magsaysay, Rizal, and San Jose, both in Occidental Mindoro.

The said CTG member used to go to the outskirts to recruit and mass mobilize. Accordingly, he is being cuddled by a political figure somewhere in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

CIDG also said that the operation was an offshoot from the revelation of Jessie Payas a.k.a. “Vergel” or “Rico”, the No. 2 Regional Most Wanted in PRO 4B who was arrested by the same CIDG unit last March 28, 2022.

This significant operation of the CIDG will have a deep impact on the political arm of the CTG and will create a way for a dialogue between the rebels and the government with the aim of encouraging them to abandon their radical ways and return to the folds of the law.