Kuta Major Cesar L Sang-an, Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, May 11, 2017 – The most wanted New People’s Army (NPA) commander in Western Mindanao was arrested by troops in Barangay Gango, Ozamiz City at about 6:00 PM today (May 11, 2017).
Combined troops of the 102nd Infantry Brigade of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army together with the elements of Philippine National Police (PNP) Provincial Office of Ozamiz City arrested Rommel Salinas alias VENCIO/BETO/CARLOS/DOMING/ARTEM/MARK. Secretary of SECOM SENDONG, Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee by virtue of five warrants of arrest for the following crimes docketed:
- CC# 9707 for Destructive Arson issued by RTC, 10th Judicial Region, Br 32;
- CC# 9552 for Murder issued by RTC, 10th Judicial Region, Br 29;
- CC# 9705 for Frustrated Murder issued by RTC, 10th Judicial Region, Br 32;
- CC# 9600 for Attempted Murder issued by RTC, 10th Judicial Region, Br 32; and
- CC# 9708 for Robbery in Band issued by RTC, 10th Judicial Region, Br 30.
Recovered from his possession were a hand grenade and personal belongings.
Salinas who did not put up a fight was with two companions and a driver when arrested and were brought to PNP Ozamis City.
Salinas’ companions were identified as Bishop Carlo Morales of the Aglipayan Church, his wife Maria Teofifina Morales, and their driver Sadome Dalid. They were onboard a maroon Starex with plate number 151010 when arrested.
According to Brigadier General Rolando Joselito D Bautista, Commander of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army, the NPA in Zamboanga peninsula and elsewhere were involved in numerous atrocities nationwide especially in Mindanao particularly arson, extortion, killings, and abduction.
Salinas being a Front Secretary of the NPA is reportedly involved in numerous high profile crimes against the people and humanity.
“Best coordination work from the community, LGU, PNP, and the Army led to the capture of one of the highest ranking CPP-NPA leader in Western Mindanao,” said Bautista.Read Full Article