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2 suspected female NPA rebels out on bail; 2 others remain in jail

/ 05:35 PM October 17, 2018

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Two suspected female members of the New People’s Army in Nueva Ecija have been released on bail, but two other women remained locked up for illegal possession of explosives, a non-bailable offense.

Elaine Edzel Emocling, 23; and Rachel Galario, 20; posted bail for charges of illegal gun possession and were freed by the Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Cabanatuan City on Tuesday.

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The CIDG still has custody of Eulalia Ladesma, 44; and Yolanda Ortiz, 46; who were held for possession of explosives. The four women were arrested in Rizal town on Oct. 13.

A lawyer sent by human rights watchdog Karapatan was granted access to Ladesma and Ortiz on Tuesday, said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

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She claimed that the women were put behind bars on “trumped up” charges as they were activists. /ee

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