Court frees suspected NPA commander
VIRAC, Catanduanes—A suspected New People’s Army (NPA) leader regained his freedom 10 months since his arrest in March last year after the Regional Trial Court (RTC) here dismissed for lack of evidence the three murder cases filed against him by the Army and police.
Judge Lelu Contreras of the Catanduanes RTC Branch 42 ordered the release of suspected NPA commander Daniel Frias after state prosecutors failed to prove Frias’ guilt.
Frias, who denied that he was a communist leader and said his real name was Romeo Madara based on his baptismal certificate and barangay clearance, was freed on Jan. 28, the same day Contreras issued her decision, a copy of which was received by the Inquirer on Friday.
Police arrested Frias, along with an Alicia Aguenza, in Cabuyao, Laguna, on March 26, 2012, while allegedly trying to rob a taxi driver.
Three criminal cases were filed against Frias for the death of two soldiers and a civilian in separate incidents in 2007 and 2008. Fernan Gianan, Inquirer Southern Luzon
Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94