Camp Sgt Quintin M Merecido, Davao City- A 44 year old- fugitive known as Commander Banakon and is considered as Top 2 Most Wanted (Internal Security Operations Watchlist- City level) was collared by the intelligence operatives from Police Regional Office 11 and our counterpart from the AFP.

PBGen Marcelo C Morales, Regional Director, identified the arrested person as LEONILO GONZALES y SUMAMPONG, AKA COMANDER BANAKON, male, 44 years old, live in, farmer and a resident of Prk. 1 Brgy. San Roque, New Corella Davao del Norte.

He was arrested at Purok 7 Brgy San Roque, New Corella, Davao Del Norte at around 4:30 PM, August 11, 2019 by virtue of the following Warrant of Arrest:

a) Murder under CC number R-DVO-15-01544-CR issued by Hon Judge Emmanuel C Carpio of RTC Branch 16, Davao City with No bail recommended;

b) Frustrated Murder under CC number R-DVO-18-02475-CR issued by Hon. Judge Melinda Alconcel-Dayanghirang of RTC Branch 54 Davao City with bail bond recommended amounting to Php 200,000.00;

c) Attempted Murder under CC number 81;426-15 issued by Hon. Judge Evalyn M Arrellano- Morales of RTC Branch 11 with bail bond recommended amounting to Php 120,000.00;

d) Multiple Attempted Murder under CC number 79;967-14 issued by Hon Judge Emmanuel C. Carpio of RTC Branch 16 with bail bond recommended amounting to Php 120,000.00;

e) Homicide with under CC number R-DVO-18-04566-CR issued by Hon. Judge Jill Rose S. Jaugan-Lo of RTC Branch 14 Davao City, with bail bond recommended amounting to Php 120, 000.00;

f) Robbery By a Band under CC number R-DVO-17-01019-CR issued by Hon. Judge Jill Rose S. Jaugan-Lo of RTC Br. 14 Davao City with bail recommended amounting to Php 100,000.00;

g) Robbery By a Band under CC number R-DVO-17-01020-CR issued by Hon Judge Jill Rose S. Jaugan-Lo of RTC Br. 14 Davao City with No bail bond recommended;

h) Sedition with CC number R-DVO-18-02226-CR issued by Hon Judge Evalyn M Arellano-Morales of RTC Branch 17 Davao City with No bail bond is set; and

i) Murder with CC number 81;324-15 of RTC Branch 17 issued by Hon Judge Evalyn M Arellano-Morales with No bail bond recommended.

Additional data about Gonzales revealed that he was one among the people behind the series of attacks and harassment throughout Region 11 such as the Burning Incident at Lapanday in 2017, harassment and abduction of five (5) personnel assigned at Paquibato Police Station in 2016 and the attack of Panabo Police station that resulted to the death of one police officer in 2011.

According to PBGen Morales, “All PNP units in the region are expected to conduct and implement an operation if there are persons with existing warrants of arrest in their area.”

“This man is really dangerous since he is facing charges of murder and others. The success of this operation is a result of the combined efforts of the troops, the AFP, and the community in our battle against terrorism,” he added.

Lastly, RD Morales emphasized that hopefully this will serve as a wake-up call to other NPA leaders and members.

“It is now the right time to lay down your arms and return to the folds of the government. A peaceful and bright future awaits for you if you surrender. Hindi na kayo magpapagod na magtago sa bundok at magpakahirap,” he ended.

The arrested person is currently detained at DCPO-IDMB prior to his turn over to court.

Authority: PBGEN. MARCELO C. MORALES, RD-PRO XI
Releasing Officer: PMAJ JASON L BARIA , C, RPIO
Police Regional Office 11
Camp Sgt. Quintin M Merecido, Buhangin, Davao City
PRESS RELEASE No. 08-12-03
Date: August 12, 2019