From Tempo (Apr 16): Lady spy traps NPA leader
A New People’s Army (NPA) leader tagged in the killing of a police officer was arrested after falling into a trap set by his female “textmate” who turned out to be a police asset.
Police said Romando Reyes Eduate, 36, also known as Ka Demsen, was apprehended over the weekend by police and military operatives at Calaba bridge, Barangay Mudeng, La Paz town, where he agreed to finally meet the lady who became his girlfriend through texting.
Senior Superintendent Benjamin Lusad, Provincial Police Office (PPO) director, said Eduate, 36, also known as “Ka Demsen,” is commanding officer and team leader of the Sandatahang Platoon Pampropaganda (SPP)-South Central Abra that operates in the towns of Bucloc-Daguioman-Boliney-Sallapadan, this province.
Lusad added that Eduarte did not resist when intelligence operatives of the Philippine National Police and the military held him by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Judge Corpuz Alzate of Regional Trial Court Branch 2 in Bangued, Abra.
Eduarte is one of the suspects in the slaying of SPO4 Ernesto Bernal, then police chief of Lacub town, also in Abra on August 5, 2004 in Sitio Mamasag, Barangay Poblacion, Lacub.
According to Supt. Mario Mayames, Abra police deputy director for operations, the rebel commander was unaware that his supposed girlfriend is a police spy when he agreed to meet her the said date.
“They have been texting for almost three months until they developed a supposed long-distance relationship and the girl-asset urged him to meet her finally at the bridge,” Mayames revealed.