From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 29): 5 criminal cases filed vs 'Maasin' NPA raiders
The Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) on Thursday afternoon has filed five criminal cases against the members of the New People's Army for raiding the Maasin town police station on June 18.
These cases are robbery in band, serious illegal detention (five counts), direct assault upon agents of persons in authority (seven counts), tumults and other disturbances of public order and carnapping for violating of Republic Act 10883, also known as the New Anti-Carnapping Act of the Philippines.
IPPO director Sr. Supt. Marlon Tayaba, in a media interview, stressed these were all "heavy" cases filed against the 20 identified rebels wherein two are students and 40 unidentified John Does.
The cases were filed before the Provincial Prosecutor's office at the Hall of Justice in this city.
After the 10-day investigation, IPPO here released the names and pictures of these identified rebels to include Joan Fajardo, Chiva Diaz, Melvin Dayaday, Mary Llyich Bocala, Ronnie Canon, Romeo Esmediana, Joerey Cordero, John Rey Aguado, Gamay Monteferio, Karma John Suarez, Leizle Bandiola, among others.
Tayaba said that these people were identified based on the accounts of about 16 witnesses, mostly police officers who were victims of the raid and other policemen on the vicinity and civilians.
He also said that some of these identified rebels were ranking officers of the Southern and Central front.
They were identified as Erver Buencochillo, Cristy Cabales and Joven Ceralvo. Ceralvo was identified as "Alias Ka Julio Monta", the spokesperson of the Coronacion Chiva Waling-waling Command, the regional command of the NPA.
"We will really look for them the moment that the warrant of arrest will come out," Tayaba stressed.
The IPPO's filing of cases stemmed from the June 18 attack of the rebels to the Maasin town police station where they stole government-issued firearms and the belongings of the policemen on duty. These rebels also detained, physically assaulted and detained the on-duty policemen inside the lock-up cell.
The rebels also hung their flag and incited the public to rise in arms against the government.
Upon completing their tactical offensive, the rebels fired shots in the air causing disturbance to the public and took the patrol car of the station to flee.
The filing of the cases are supported by eyewitness accounts, closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage, fingerprints, interview transcripts, among others.