PNP hunts more Red lead­ers

Tempo - - Front Page - By MAR­TIN SADONGDONG (with a re­port from Erma Edera)

Af­ter the ap­pre­hen­sion of top Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines (CPP) and Na­tional Demo­cratic Front of the Philip­pines (NDFP) leader Vi­cente Lad­lad, the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) vowed to con­tinue ap­pre­hend­ing more com­mu­nist commanders in a bid to end the coun­try’s decades­long com­mu­nist in­sur­gency.

PNP chief Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Os­car Al­bay­alde said the ar­rest of Lad­lad only proved that even the con­sul­tants of the left-lean­ing groups are armed so they must take pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures in deal­ing with them.

Lad­lad, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, is head of the Na­tional United Front Com­mis­sion of CPPCen­tral Com­mit­tee and served as a con­sul­tant to the pre­vi­ous peace ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the Philip­pine gov­ern­ment and the CPP-NDFP.

“We con­tinue with our in­tel­li­gence mon­i­tor­ing. We will not stop and we do not in­tend to stop with our tar­get-hard­en­ing mea­sures, case build-up and in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing against rebels or in­sur­gents,” Al­bay­alde stated.

“We have seized high-pow­ered firearms from his pos­ses­sion. This goes to show that even con­sul­tants, they are armed,” he added.

Po­lice and mil­i­tary found a Rus­sia SKS AK-47 with mag­a­zine, an M16 as­sault ri­fle with mag­a­zines, a .45-cal­iber Colt MK, a 9mm pis­tol, an­other .45-cal­iber gun, four hand grenades, elec­tronic equip­ment and sub­ver­sive doc­u­ments dur­ing a raid on his al­leged safe­house in No­valiches, Que­zon City, on Thurs­day. Two al­leged aides of Lad­lad were also ar­rested in the op­er­a­tion.

How­ever, Lad­lad’s wife, Fides, re­futed the po­lice ac­cu­sa­tion, say­ing her hus­band “can­not use a gun” due to his med­i­cal con­di­tion. Fides claimed that her hus­band has em­phy­sema, a type of chronic pul­monary dis­ease.

She also claimed that the firearms and ex­plo­sives found in her hus­band’s care were “planted” by the po­lice. This was de­nied by the PNP.

In a ra­dio in­ter­view on Fri­day, Al­bay­alde said Fides’ state­ment is a com­mon al­ibi be­ing used by sus­pects when they are be­ing ar­rested. He in­sisted that the op­er­a­tion was cov­ered by a search warrant is­sued by the court.

Mean­while, the Manila Re­gional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 32 gave the pros­e­cu­tion 10 days to file a com­ment re­gard­ing the mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion filed by Lad­lad in re­la­tion to the bench warrant of ar­rest is­sued by Judge Thelma Bunyi-Me­d­ina for mul­ti­ple mur­der case.

Ac­cord­ing to lawyer Chel Dio­kno, le­gal coun­sel of Lad­lad, it is im­pos­si­ble for Lad­lad to be­come part o the in­ci­dent be­cause they had a lot of wit­ness ac­counts to prove that he was still in prison at Camp Nakar, where he was de­tained from 1983 to 1986, when the mass killing hap­pened in Leyte.

(Ali Vi­coy)

FIDES Lim, wife of Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines-Na­tional Demo­cratic Front of the Philip­pines (NDFP) leader Vi­cente Lad­lad, as­sisted by lawyer Chel Dio­kno, files a mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion on what she claims as base­less warrant of ar­rest against her hus­band at Manila Re­gional Trial Court Branch 505.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.