Wednesday, February 6, 2013

‘Arrest warrants of rebel actually liquidation list’

From the Visayan Daily Star (Feb 6): ‘Arrest warrants of rebel actually liquidation list’

Army Col. Oscar Lactao, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, yesterday called a “liquidation list” the arrest warrants issued by the New People’s Army Roselyn Pelle Command to four of its former members they accused of being “traitors”.

Lactao said arrest warrants are only issued by a competent authority, such as judges.

Rebel spokesperson Cecil Estrella said in a statement furnished to the media, that they have issued arrest warrants against the four former NPA members Bonnie Tapang Baynosa, with aliases of Ka Red, Moreno and Je-an, of Brgy. San Isidro, Toboso; Dindo Lusadas, with aliases of Ka Dondel and Lobyen, of Brgy. Libertad, Escalante City; Erving Benas, with aliases of Ka Totong, Rio and Erol; and a certain Eugene, with aliases of Ka Reden and Milan, both residents of Brgys. E. Lopez and Guimbalaon in Silay City, whom they had expelled from the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas, for collaborating with the 62nd Infantry Battalion.

They are not arresting, they are killing, Lactao said, apparently referring to the NPA.

One of the rebel returnees in northern Negros, who surrendered to the 62nd IB two years ago, was gunned down by rebel assassins in Calatrava, military records show.

Estrella also said they have issued arrest warrants against former Constabulary officer Raul Baterna and Roberto and Rowena Lumayno, allegedly for land-grabbing in barangays Cambayobo and Mina-utok, Calatrava, and Bug-ang in Toboso, among others.

Lactao said they extend security assistance to rebel returnees who are being marked for liquidation by their former comrades.

He said the assassination of rebel returnees, who are no longer combatants and are now plain civilians, is also a violation of the International Humanitarian Law.

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