IPIL, Philippines – Combined government operatives have arrested a suspected ranking regional official of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples Army (CPP-NPA) in a law enforcement operation in Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental at around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 9.
In a text message sent to Mindanao Sun, Police Staff Sergeant Mark Carlo Estipona had confirmed the arrest of Fidelina Margarita Valle. Estipona is with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Zamboanga Sibugay.
The suspect was allegedly the 1st Deputy Secretary of Northeastern Mindanao Region of the outlawed CPP-NPA. Formerly, she allegedly the 2nd Deputy Secretary of Western Mindanao Region.
Valle, known to her circle of friends in Davao City as a development worker and freelance writer, was arrested by virtue of several warrant of arrest issued by Judge Bernadette Paredes Encinareal of the Regional Trial Court Branch 36 in Calamba, Misamis Occidental for “multiple murder with quadruple frustrated murder and damage to government property with no bail recommended. For the arresting team, however, she had several aliases such as Elsa Renton, and Tina Maglaya.
Another warrant of arrest for arson against her was issued by Judge Aniceto Galon, Jr. of RTC Branch 20 in Pagadian City with recommended bail of P24,000.
The statement did not indicate where Valle was detained at present.
Valle’s arrest was first reported by Mindanews as reported by a nun, Sister Mila Gimeno of the Missionaries of the Assumption, saying she was forcibly taken away by the arresting team.
Sister Gimeno told the Davao City-based cooperative online news she received a frantic call from the 61-year-old Valle informing her of the arrest.
The Assumption sister said she last heard of Valle telling her “gibira na ko, gibira na ko (they’re pulling me, they’re pulling me)” before the line went dead.
Sister Gimeno said Valle was “forcibly arrested.”
Valle at the time of the arrest, according to Mindanews, was waiting for her flight back to Davao City from a training workshop in Pagadian City.
Valle, married with four children and two grandchildren, was a 1982 graduate of BA Communication Arts at the Ateneo de Davao University. She worked as a reporter of the Media Mindanao News Service in the 1980s until the media group ceased operations in 1996.
Valle was also a correspondent of Mr & Ms Special Edition until 1986.
She wrote for SunStar Davao as a columnist until 2018.
At present, she writes a column, Kanak Gamay na Kyatigaman (My Little Understanding) for Davao Today, an online news based in Davao City, as Fides Avellanosa.
Some of her previous work included several projects as a development worker. She was also into teaching and consultancy work. (Antonio Manaytay/ Mindanao Sun)