Ex-NDFP peace consultant arrested at work in Misamis Oriental
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—A former peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in Northern Mindanao was arrested by police in his workplace in Tagoloan town, Misamis Oriental province on Friday (Nov. 27).
Alfredo Mapano, aka Ka Paris, an alleged leader of New People’s Army (NPA), was arrested past 7 a.m. at the Phividec Industrial Authority (Phividec) compound where he is currently working.
Capt. Mark Dungca, Tagoloan police chief, said police from the town of Bayugan, Agusan del Sur served a warrant for arrest for Mapano issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 7 Judge Hector Salise for a case of robbery in band.
Dungca said Bayugan police had informed him about a mission to arrest someone in Tagoloan, but learned only later that the subject was Mapano.
Mapano currently works with Phividec, a government-owned and controlled corporation which operates a 3,000-hectare industrial estate straddling Tagoloan and Villanueva towns.
He was first assigned to the company’s corporate social responsibility unit, and lately, designated as security officer.
Mapano was detained for at least seven years in the Misamis Oriental provincial jail for various charges as a suspected NPA leader.
He was allowed to post bail in 2016 so he could join the NDFP peace panel as a consultant in talks between communist rebels and the Duterte administration.
Following the collapse of the talks, which was eventually cancelled by Duterte in 2017, Mapano decided to lay low and sought employment with the government.
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