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
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
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,
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