Another se­nior com­mu­nist rebel held in Philip­pines

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

The Philip­pine mil­i­tary said Sun­day it had de­tained a se­nior com­mu­nist rebel leader, the latest in a se­ries of ar­rests or killings which have dam­aged one of the world’s longestrun­ning in­sur­gen­cies.

Mil­i­tary agents and po­lice ar­rested Maria Con­cep­cion Araneta-Bo­cala, a cen­tral com­mit­tee mem­ber of the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines (CPP), at a home in Iloilo City on the cen­tral is­land of Panay on Satur­day, mil­i­tary spokes­men said.

They seized two hand grenade.

A mil­i­tary state­ment iden­ti­fied Bo­cala as the sec­re­tary in charge of com­mu­nist rebel forces in Panay, a largely ru­ral is­land with a pop­u­la­tion of over 4 mil­lion.

“Her ar­rest will (cause) another vac­uum in the lead­er­ship of the CPPNPA or­ga­ni­za­tion that has been rocked by suc­ces­sive ar­rests and neu­tral­iza­tion ef­forts,” said mil­i­tary spokesman Col. Noel De­toy­ato in a state­ment

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He cred­ited “months of in­tel­li­gence work” for the cap­ture, adding that Bo­cala would face charges of mur­der and re­bel­lion.

The sus­pect re­port­edly had a bounty of 7.8 mil­lion pe­sos (US$173,400) on her head.

The CPP and its 4,000-strong armed wing, the NPA or New Peo­ple’s Army, has for 46 years waged a Maoist guer­rilla cam­paign which has claimed tens of thou­sands of lives, largely in ru­ral ar­eas mired in poverty.

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