NPA TAX COLLECTOR. Police arrest a Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) rebel and seize from him several weapons in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental on Monday (Aug. 8, 2022). Roldan Villareco Baydal, 32, was identified as a tax collector of the CPP-NPA's Central Negros 1 guerilla front. (Photo courtesy of the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office)

DUMAGUETE CITY – Police have arrested a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) and seized several weapons in a mountainous area in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.

A report from the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) on Tuesday identified the suspect as Roldan Villareco Baydal, single, 32, a resident of Sitio Punong in Barangay Trinidad in the said city.

The NOPPO said Baydal, a tax collector of the CPP-NPA’s Central Negros 1 of the Komiteng Rehiyon Negros, Cebu, Bohol, and Siquijor, was arrested on Monday at his residence in Sitio Punong by virtue of a search warrant for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.

The search warrant was issued by Presiding Judge Ma. Anna Priscila M. Pareja of the Regional Trial Court Branch 102 in Guihulngan City, dated August 3, 2022.

During the search, the police recovered one rifle grenade, one .38-caliber revolver with three rounds of live ammunition, and a sling bag.

The suspect is now under the custody of the Guihulngan City Police Station.

The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

The National Democratic Front has been formally designated as a terrorist organization by the Anti-Terrorism Council on June 23, 2021, citing it as “an integral and inseparable part” of the CPP-NPA created in April 1973. (PNA)