The Philippine National Police have filed criminal charges against two suspected high-ranking leaders of the New People’s Army (NPA) who were recently arrested in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.
Guihulngan City police chief, Lt. Col. Bonifacio Tecson, told the Philippine News Agency on September 30, 2020, that charges for illegal possession of firearms, ammunition, and explosives were already filed against the suspects identified as Adidas Kadusale Acero and Nona Espinosa.
Acero, the alleged vice commander of Front Operational Command; and Espinosa, reportedly Acero’s “wife in their organization” and the alleged deputy secretary of Central Negros 1 Front, Komiteng Rehiyon-Negros Cebu Bohol Siquijor, were arrested by a joint team of military and police troops in Barangay Buenavista, Guihulngan City.
At the time of their arrest, a cache of firearms and explosives was seized from them, including a 9-mm Glock pistol later verified to be that of the late Guihulngan police chief, Supt. Arnel Arpon, who was killed in an ambush along with six of his men in Barangay Magsaysay in that northern city on July 21, 2017.
Tecson also said that the nine other people who were arrested together with Acero and Espinosa were released already but police filed charges against them for “harboring criminals” while five children who were with them were turned over for custody to the city’s Social Welfare and Development Office.
Meanwhile, a Philippine Army report said that the 62nd Infantry Battalion seized more “war materials” from suspected NPA rebels, this time at Sitio Ilihan, also in Barangay Buenavista.
The items seized recently were 200 rounds of live ammunition of AK-47; one meter of detonating cord with firing device; subversive documents; personal documents of the late Corporal Mark Anthony Quiocson; one PhilHealth identification card; registration papers of a Kawasaki KLX motorcycle; and two passbooks.
Quiocson was a member of the 62nd IB Community Support Program Team who was killed by four unidentified suspected members of the NPA Special Partisan Unit at Sitio Compound in Barangay Luz in Guihulngan City last July. (PNA)