5 al­leged NPA mem­bers re­leased

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY GLAZYL Y. MASCULINO

FIVE al­leged mem­bers of the New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA) were re­leased from de­ten­tion on Oc­to­ber 24, two days af­ter they were ar­rested at Barangay Cod­cod in San Car­los City, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal on Oc­to­ber 22.

Po­lice records showed that Roberto Ne­meño, 26; Jim­boy Padilla, 18; Remy Fe­nis, 25; Henry Ne­meño, 30; and Jimmy Dela Cruz, 20, all res­i­dents of the said vil­lage, were re­leased at 6:30 a.m. on Wednes­day af­ter the lapse of the 36hour re­gle­men­tary pe­riod.

Per­son­nel of the 79th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion (IB) led by Ma­jor Alex El­nar, ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Philip­pine Army, to­gether with the Spe­cial Ac­tion Force ar­rested the sus­pects af­ter they were sighted car­ry­ing im­pro­vised firearms while mil­i­tary troops were con­duct­ing com­bat pa­trol op­er­a­tions at the said vil­lage at 7:30 p.m. on Mon­day.

Au­thor­i­ties re­cov­ered from them three back­packs con­tain­ing as­sorted med­i­cal para­pher­na­lia, sub­ver­sive doc­u­ments en­ti­tled “Batakang Kurso Pam­puli­tiko Mil­i­tar (BKPM), six home­made short firearms, five im­pro­vised shot­guns, 200 rounds live am­mu­ni­tion of 7.62 cal­iber, 10 live am­mu­ni­tion of 12 gauge shot­gun, two hand grenades, and an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice.

Su­per­in­ten­dent D’ Artag­nan Katal­bas Jr., city po­lice chief, said the sus­pects were re­leased af­ter the mil­i­tary troops failed to im­me­di­ately bring them to the po­lice sta­tion for the in­quest pro­ceed­ings of the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

That’s why they opted to re­lease them but the ar­rest­ing of­fi­cers al­ready ex­e­cuted their af­fi­davits and will pur­sue the fil­ing of the case for il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms, he added.

Katal­bas said the city po­lice only fa­cil­i­tated the doc­u­men­ta­tion of their re­lease.

Our sta­tion also sub­jected them to a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion to en­sure that they are in good phys­i­cal con­di­tion when they ar­rived and left our sta­tion, he added.*

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