5 NPA rebels facing multiple criminal raps nabbed in Masbate

By Connie Calipay

January 8, 2024, 4:23 pm

<p>Lt. Col. Malu Calubaquib, Police Regional Office 5 spokesperson <em>(PNA file photo)</em></p>

Lt. Col. Malu Calubaquib, Police Regional Office 5 spokesperson (PNA file photo)

LEGAZPI CITY – Five members of the New People’s Army (NPA) wanted for several crimes were arrested during manhunt operations in Masbate province over the weekend, the Police Regional Office 5 (Bicol) reported on Monday.

Lt. Col. Malu Calubaquib, PRO5 spokesperson, said the suspects were arrested in separate police operations in the towns of Batuan, Monreal, San Fernando and Uson.

"The suspects were nabbed while in their homes by police operatives with a warrant of arrest," she said.

Calubaquib said four of the arrested individuals are facing charges of multiple attempted murders: Elorde Brabante and Jeryl Lomuntod of Barangay Canvanez, Batuan town; Maria Veronica Baconawa of Barangay Real, Monreal town; and Romeo Bauso of Barangay Lumbia, San Fernando town.

"According to the investigations, the suspects were affiliated with the NPA under Eliseo Cabarles Command alias "Ka Kiko" Team Leader, Squad 2, Platoon 2, Larangan 1, Komite ng Probinsya 4 operating in Masbate province," she said.

Calubaquib identified the remaining arrested NPA member as Julito Hara, who was nabbed in Uson.

"Hara is facing charges of frustrated murder, eight counts of attempted murder, and a violation of Republic Act 11479, also known as the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. Hara is under the command of Loding Tolingin alias 'Dadi', operating in the 2nd District of Masbate," she said.

The arrested suspects are now under police custody for proper disposition.

"These successful operations underscore the commitment of the PRO5 headed by Brig. Gen. Andre Dizon, acting regional director, to maintain peace and order in the region and address threats posed by individuals connected with illegal armed groups," Calubaquib said. (PNA)