BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Two of the four arrested New People’s Army members in Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental, have pending arrest warrants for murder, Lt. Col. Roderick Salayo, 11th Infantry Battalion commander, said.
The four arrested rebels, believed to be remnants of the dismantled NPA South East Front, were identified by Salayo as Roel Casilao, alias Gary, commanding officer of the Local Guerilla Unit of the South East Front, Allan Ybanez, alias Ban, and Joselie and Jestoni Lasas, who had pending arrest warrants for murder.
The apprehension of the four rebels, that was an offshoot of the joint operations of the 11IB and the Philippine National Police in Sitio Tamlang, Brgy. Talalak, Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental Wednesday, also yielded two M14 assault rifles with three magazines containing ammunition, one M16 assault rifle, a 12 gauge shotgun, ammunition for M16 and shotgun, two handcuffs, assorted medicines, six disposable syringes, and subversive documents.
Salayo said the apprehension of the four rebels will not be the last, as he anticipates more surrenders and arrests in the next few days, following the intensified combat operations against the NPA.
Brig. Gen. Leonardo Peña, 302nd Infantry Brigade commander, lauded the 11IB for apprehending the four, and preventing them from further sowing terror.
Peña attributed the successful operation to the vigilance and cooperation of the civilian populace by giving accurate information to the troops.*