Ne­grense solon tagged as drug lord, rebel supporter

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories - BY GLAZYL Y. MASCULINO

A CON­GRESS­MAN from the north­ern part of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal has been tagged by for­mer mem­bers of the New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA) as an al­leged supporter of the rebel group and an al­leged drug lord in the province.

One of the four rebel re­turnees, in a me­dia in­ter­view in Sa­gay City yes­ter­day, said the politi­cian, whom he re­fused to name, is re­port­edly sup­port­ing the rebel group by pro­vid­ing them with firearms and am­mu­ni­tion.

“Th­ese armed groups are re­spon­si­ble for ini­ti­at­ing rev­o­lu­tion­ary MOVENEGROS ment,” he said.

They are the ones creat­ing dam­age, and con­flict among the farm­ers, he added.

He said: “I hope the govern­ment, es­pe­cially Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte will re­al­ize that this politi­cian is caus­ing trou­ble here.”

He is call­ing the Pres­i­dent to probe the politi­cian and his il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties, and con­nec­tion with the NPA.

“This is the rea­son why more crimes ex­ist in our area and armed groups can­not be lo­cated. Some­one is be­hind them,” he said.

Mean­while, they clar­i­fied they are not mem­bers of a pri­vate armed group of politi­cians in the province.

For his part, Colonel Bene­dict Arevalo, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the 303rd In­fantry Bat­tal­ion of the Philip­pine Army, said he was sur­prised about the rev­e­la­tions he heard dur­ing the press brief­ing.

“Nakakatindig bal­ahibo (It gave me goose­bumps),” he added.

Arevalo said he is in fa­vor if the al­le­ga­tion will also be in­cluded in the con­gres­sional in­quiry.

“We do not have in­ter­est in pol­i­tics but we just want to know the truth,” he added.*

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