2 NPA rebels-cum-kagawads wanted for murder fall in Bicol

September 1, 2021 Alfred P. Dalizon 270 views

POLICE Regional Office 5 (PRO5) director, Brigadier General Jonnel C. Estomo on Tuesday announced the capture of two barangay councilmen in Labo, Camarines Norte who have turned out to be active members of the local New People’s Army movement wanted for non-bailable murder and frustrated murder cases.

In a report to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, Brig. Gen. Estomo identified the two as Angelita Talla alias ‘Ka Ikay’ and Julieta de la Cruz, both ‘kagawads’ of Bgy. Dumammang, Labo accused of ‘spying’ for the guerrillas.

Estomo said the two are the subjects of a warrant of arrest for murder and two counts of direct assault with frustrated murder issued by Judge Leo Intia of the Labo Regional Trial Court Branch 64.

No bail was recommended for the temporary liberty of the accused in connection with the murder case while they were allowed to each post a P200,000 bail for the direct assault with frustrated murder cases, the official said.

The Bicol police director said the two were arrested around 6:30 p.m. Monday by operatives of the Camarines Norte Police Provincial Office Provincial Intelligence Unit under Colonel Julius D. Guadamor with the assistance of the Philippine Army and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency along Burgos Street in Bgy. Gumamela.

Brig. Gen. Estomo said a background check showed the two are members of the NPA’s Sangay ng Partido sa Lokalidad and the Militia ng Bayan of Larangan 2, Kilusang Partido 4 of the rebel movement in Bicol.

“When they were elected to their posts, they have become active supporters of the NPA movement,” he said.

The PRO5 director said the two were accused of involvement in an NPA attack in Bgy. Dumagmang which led in the killing of a number of soldiers and civilians.

After being included in a formal criminal complaint, the two went into hiding with the help of their families, colleagues and NPA supporters in local barrios.

Estomo said authorities were unable to identify the two who went on to win elective posts which allowed them to engage in ‘spying expedition’ for the NPA.

Both are now held at the Labo Municipal Police Station lock-up facility pending their presentation to court for issuance of official jail commitment orders.

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