Ar­rested NPA of­fi­cial goes miss­ing?

The Freeman - - NEWS - CLY­DYL AVILA

An al­leged high-rank­ing of­fi­cial of the New Peo­ple’s Army based in south­ern Cebu was ar­rested through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of more than a dozen war­rants of ar­rest against him last Thurs­day night in Barangay Pasil, San­tander town.

The op­er­a­tives served a to­tal of 14 war­rants of ar­rest on Rus­tico “Pak­ing” Tan, 76, for mul­ti­ple mur­der, frus­trated mur­der, and at­tempted mur­der. The war­rants were is­sued in Bo­hol and Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal.

Also ar­rested were Tan’s al­leged un­der­lings who had also pend­ing war­rants of ar­rest: Lo­pito Pagueg­bao and Ed­die Cul­la­mat.

How­ever, four days af­ter the ar­rest of the sus­pects, Tan’s rel­a­tives yes­ter­day asked the po­lice on his where­abouts be­cause he was al­legedly nowhere to be found.

Tan’s son, Ni­colo Tan, to­gether with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Kara­p­atan Cebu, went to the Cebu Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Of­fice to ask for the where­abouts of his fa­ther, who is said to be suf­fer­ing from di­a­betes and high blood pres­sure.

He added that they al­ready went to the Cen­tral Com­mand in Camp La­puLapu and the Mil­i­tary In­tel­li­gence Group-7, but both de­nied cus­tody of Tan and re­ferred the fam­ily to the PNP.

The Pro­vin­cial In­tel­li­gence Branch also de­nied cus­tody of Tan.

CPPO spokesper­son Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Vir­gilio Bayon-on said Tan was al­ready com­mit­ted to a jail fa­cil­ity in Bo­hol, where some of the war­rants against him were is­sued.

Kara­p­atan Cebu Spokesper­son Phoebe Zoe Maria Sanchez said they only wanted to know the con­di­tion of Tan, specif­i­cally where he is de­tained.

“We would just like to clar­ify where the de­tainee is. Kasi it’s been four days. And they did not co­or­di­nate with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit. There’s no in­for­ma­tion, copy of the war­rant. They just picked up the in­di­vid­u­als,” she said.

“Ayaw ni­lang ipakita kung saan ni­la­gay. Con­sti­tu­tional rights of a pris­oner is to in­form the rel­a­tives kung asa sila and they shouldn’t be kept away from the pub­lic be­cause they are pub­lic per­son­al­i­ties,” she added.

Sanchez also de­nied al­le­ga­tions that Tan is still an ac­tive mem­ber of the NPA. She said Tan was peace­fully liv­ing in San­tander and once lived in Os­lob till­ing his farm.

Sanchez said Tan used to be a peace ne­go­tia­tor in 1986 dur­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the late pres­i­dent Co­ra­zon Aquino.

Kara­p­atan mem­bers and the fam­ily of al­leged rebel leader Rus­tico Tan storm the po­lice head­quar­ters yes­ter­day to look for the sus­pect, whom they claimed to have been kept from them.

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