New People’s Army (NPA) top leader in Davao was killed Sunday, June 28 around 2:30 pm at Purok 9, Brgy Pañalum, Paquibato District, Davao City. Leoncio Pitao alias Parago is the commander of the NPA’s 1st Pulang Bagani Command (PBC 1).
Pitao and an unidentified female rebel believed to be his medical aide was killed by combined elements of 10th Infantry Division’s Task Force Minion, 10ID said. Task Force Minion was formed several months ago to capture one of the country’s most notorious NPA leader.
Recovered from the encounter site were two (2) M16 Rifles, three (3) backpacks and several rounds of Rifle grenades.
Leoncio Pitao has several standing warrant of arrests for various crimes ranging from murder, multiple frustrated murder and robbery. He gained notoriety as an NPA leader in Southern Mindanao since late 80’s.
“Leoncio Pitao alias Parago may have eluded arrest several times but eventually the long arms of the law caught up with him. We hope that with his death, the communities especially in Paquibato District which he has terrorized for a very long time will now experience true and lasting peace,” 10ID Commander Major General Eduardo Año said.
Asked if the dead body is indeed Piato, “the person killed in the encounter is Parago. Confirmed, 101%,” MGen Año said.