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ranking Negros rebel


Police intelligence operatives yesterday arrested a suspected member of the regional committee of the Komiteng Rehiyonal-Negros in Brgy. Poblacion, Bago City, Negros Occidental.

Apprehended by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by Cadiz Regional Trial Court Judge Renato Muñez for the crime of murder was Aniceta Rojo, “alias Che”, of Brgy. Suma-g, Bacolod City.

Rojo was listed in the police order of battle as an alleged member of the KR-Negros regional finance and education committees.

Her arrest by members of the PNP Regional Intelligence Unit 6 and Bago policemen came more than a month after Sarah Alvarez, “alias Ka Olsen”, was also apprehended in Cadiz City, for a murder charge.

Supt. William Senoron, RIU 6 chief, yesterday said the arrest warrant issued on Rojo stemmed from the death of Army 1Lt. Archie Polenzo, a company commander of the 62nd Infantry Battalion, in Cadiz City, two years ago.

Rojo, who was also linked to robbery-in-band and arson charges, in connection with the raid of a fishpond in Cadiz City, and the burning of sugar transloading stations in Toboso, has been denied bail by Muñez.

A similar murder charge was also filed against Alvarez, police records show.

Karapatan-Negros and its allied organizations, meanwhile, slammed the military and police for what they call fabricated charges, filed against innocent leaders and members of cause-oriented groups, through the Inter-Agency Legal Action Group.

Rojo was turned over by her police captors to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Cadiz City yesterday.

The arrest of Rojo brought to 21 the number of alleged high profile CPP-NPA personalities arrested in Negros Occidental since 2007.

However, 16 of them, who managed to post bail and were released from jail, have gone back to the mountains to continue the armed struggle, military records also show.

Chief Supt. Charles Calima, PNP Intelligence Group, yesterday commended his intelligence operatives for a job well done.*GPB

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