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1 of two nabbed
rebels released

BY GILBERT BAYORAN

The police yesterday released one of the alleged leaders of the New People's Army who were arrested at a checkpoint in Talisay City on June 12, in the absence of any arrest warrant against him, after he was interrogated by his captors.

Senior Supt. Pedro Merced, 6th Regional Mobile Group director, said they had to release Arturo Fabiona, alias Ka Turing and Kim, at about 5 p.m. yesterday, because he has no pending arrest warrant.

Fabiona was initially reported by the police as the intelligence officer of the Komiteng Rehiyonal- Negros, and a political officer of the New People's Army Larangan Gerilya 6 in northern Negros. Merced, however, said Marvin Mata who was listed in the order of battle of the military as deputy secretary of KR- Negros, commander of the NPA Regional Operational Command and head of its liquidation unit, will not be released, as he was denied bail by the court for robbery-in-band charges.

The charges filed against Mata, alias Bong Mata and Benzar, was in connection with the raid of a police outpost in Brgy.Malasibog, Escalante in March 19 last year.

Police records also showed that Mata and other top officials of KR- Negros had also been charged for rebellion, in connection with the raid and bombing of the Silay airport on October last year.

However, the court has not yet resolved the rebellion charges filed against Mata and his comrades, police said.

Governor Joseph Maraņon yesterday congratulated the 6th RMG and BCPO for the arrest of Mata and Fabiona.

"I hope appropriate action will be taken against those arrested to give justice to their victims," Maraņon said. The police is still verifying reports that Mata also participated in the recent ambush of Mayor-elect Magdaleno Peņa of Pulupandan, Negros Occidental, who survived the attempt on his life.*GPB

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