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BUT GROUP SAYS SUSPECT IS A FARMER

Suspected NPA platoon leader arrested in Iloilo

By: - Correspondent / @nestorburgosINQ
/ 05:11 PM November 10, 2019

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines — Police on Sunday arrested a suspected platoon leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Iloilo, but a regional farmers’ group condemned the arrest and denied that the arrested suspect was a rebel.

Herman Alliza was arrested at his house in Barangay Bolo in Maasin town in Iloilo where police officers said they found a hand grenade, holsters, a handcuff pouch, and several alleged rebel documents.

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Police searched his house on the strength of a warrant issued by Judge Gemalyn Faunillo-Tarol of the Iloilo City Regional Trial Court Branch 31, according to a report of the Western Visayas Police Regional Office.

Alliza, allegedly a platoon leader of the NPA under the Central Front Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), has been detained at the Maasin Municipal Police Station.

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But the farmers’ group Paghugpong sang mga Mangunguma sa Panay kag Guimaras (Pamanggas) decried Alliza’s arrest, saying he was a farmer and village coordinator of Anakpawis party-list group.

“He is a former barangay captain and Pamanggas treasurer who is known in the town and even in the municipal hall as a farmer and weaver of bamboo-made beds and seats,” Cris Chavez, Pamanggas secretary-general, said.

Chavez tagged Alliza’s arrest as a part of a “crackdown on legal organizations” by linking them to the NPA and “planting” firearms and explosives in their houses and offices.

“This is a desperate move to quell the protests of farmers severely affected by the Rice Tariffication Law and other harmful policies of the government,” Chavez said.

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