NDFP con­sul­tant ar­rested

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Nation -

MANILA -- Na­tional Demo­cratic Front of the Philip­pines (NDFP) con­sul­tant Vi­cente Lad­lad was ar­rested early Thurs­day, Novem­ber 8, in No­valiches, Que­zon City.

Ini­tial re­ports said Lad­lad was nabbed around 1:30 a.m. in a joint po­lice-mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion con­ducted in the NDFP’s al­leged “safe house” in Barangay San Bar­tolome, No­valiches, Que­zon City.

Also ar­rested were the safe house own­ers Al­berto and Vir­ginia Vil­lamor.

The op­er­a­tion was con­ducted by virtue of a search war­rant is­sued by Ex­ec­u­tive Judge Ce­ci­lyn E. Bur­gos-Villavert of Re­gional Trial Court Branch 89 Na­tional Cap­i­tal Ju­di­cial Re­gion.

Pieces of ev­i­dence re­cov­ered dur­ing the op­er­a­tion were one Rus­sian-Made AK-47 with bay­o­net, one mag­a­zine as­sem­bly for AK 47 with nine rounds 7.62x39 mil­lime­ter am­mu­ni­tion, one Elisco M16A1 as­sault ri­fle with de­faced se­rial num­ber, three mag­a­zine assy with 80 rounds 5.56-mil­lime­ter am­mu­ni­tion, one cal­iber .45 Colt MK IV Se­ries 80, two mag­a­zine assy for cal­iber .45 with 21 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion, one 9-mil­lime­ter pis­tol loaded with nine am­mu­ni­tion, four hand grenades, sev­eral elec­tronic de­vices and doc­u­ments, as well as two flags of The Nether­lands.

But Lad­lad’s wife, Fides, de­nied that her hus­band has firearms in his pos­ses­sion.

Fides, who was in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig where her hus­band is ex­pected to be pre­sented by Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) Chief Os­car Al­bay­alde, went hys­ter­i­cal as she sought to see her hus­band.

“Gusto kong makita ang asawa ko. ‘Yun lang (I just want to see my hus­band),” she said.

Lad­lad, a mem­ber of the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and head of the Na­tional United Front Com­mis­sion, was one of the NDFP con­sul­tants re­leased by the govern­ment years ago.

But Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, fol­low­ing the can­cel­la­tion of peace talks be­tween the govern­ment and com­mu­nist rebels, or­dered the ar­rest of NDFP con­sul­tants. (SunS­tar Philip­pines)

(THIRD MALONZO)

MANILA. Firearms and other items seized from Na­tional Demo­cratic Front of the Philip­pines con­sul­tant Vic Lad­lad.

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