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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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RPA leader out on bail

Detained rebel leader Marlon de los Santos was ordered freed from jail by San Carlos City Judge Peter Parco, after posting the P200,000 bail, on July 4, Supt. Victorino Romanillos, San Carlos police chief, yesterday said.

De los Santos used to be the RPA-ABB commander in the 1st district of Negros Occidental. He is now the secretary of the KAPATIRAN para sa Progresong Panlipunan (Brotherhood for Social Progress), that used to be the RPA-ABB.

The recent raid on the house of de los Santos in Brgy. 2, San Carlos City, by the Regional Special Operations Group of the Police Regional Office 6, had yielded an M-16 assault rifle, a carbine and a .45 caliber pistol, with magazines of assorted ammunition, police records show.

Abang Lingkod party-list Rep. Stephen Paduano called for an immediate investigation by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process, Armed Forces of the Philippines and National Police on the arrest of de los Santos, saying that his apprehension and confiscation of firearms from his possession, that was already profiled by the OPPAP is a violation of the peace agreement.

Paduano used to be the national commander of the RPA-ABB.

The signing of closure agreement between the RPM-RPA-ABB Tabara Paduano Group and government by President Benigno Aquino III is still in limbo almost 14 years after the breakaway rebel group entered into peace talks with the government in year 2000.*GPB

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