PNP hunts more Red leaders
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.
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.