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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, January 14, 2015
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Jailed ‘rebel’ leader
faces more raps


Army Col. Jon Aying, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, yesterday said that detained rebel leader Rogelio Posadas is facing more charges this time for robbery-in-band and homicide.

Posadas, who is the secretary of the Northern Negros Front- Komiteng Rehiyonal Negros, said the robbery-in-band and homicide charges filed against him and several others, were in connection with the raid on a detachment in Toboso and the killing of its detachment commander.

The alleged rebel leader was intercepted and arrested Friday last week at a checkpoint in Brgy. Punao, San Carlos City. He has a pending arrest warrant for murder, in connection with the death of Army 1Lt. Archie Polenzo, Aying said.

Posadas has been transferred from the Cadiz City police lock-up cell to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology detention jail in Bacolod Cityy.

The 303rd Infantry Brigade and the police have been criticized and lambasted by progressive groups in Negros Occidental for filing what they claim to be trumped-up charges against activists.

In the past several years, several alleged leaders of the CPP-NPA in Negros Occidental were arrested, but later freed from jail, after posting bail.

Aying, however, said he is confident that Posadas may not be freed from jail, because they have a strong case against the detained rebel leader, backed up by testimonies of former rebels.

In July last year, Abraham Villanueva, alias Tikboy, who was alleged by the military and police to be the secretary of the KR-Negros South West Front, was also intercepted at a police checkpoint in Brgy. Dancalan, Ilog.*GPB

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