Saturday, April 11, 2020

Septuagenarian NPA arrested in S. Leyte

From the Manila Bulletin (Apr 11, 2020): Septuagenarian NPA arrested in S. Leyte (By Marie Tonette Marticio)

An alleged high-profile member of the New People’s Army (NPA) was arrested in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte last Thursday, April 9, through a joint manhunt operation conducted by the Regional Intelligence Unit, Southern Leyte Mobile Force Company, and St. Bernard Municipal Police Station.

identified the accused as Prescillano Batas Beringuel, 76, a farmer, and a resident of Barangay Sta. Cruz.

He was arrested by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Thelma Medina, Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 32 in Manila. No bail was recommended.

He was charged for 15 counts of murder and was tagged as a most wanted person for allegedly participating in the massacre of his fellow NPAs sometime in May 1985.

A mass grave was recovered at Sitio Sapang Daku, Brgy. Kaulisan, Inopacan, Leyte lately in August 2006.

Beringuel is now under the custody of St. Bernard Police Station for proper disposition.

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