KUTA SANG-AN, LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur, 16 May (PIA) - - Combined troops of the 102nd “Igsoon” Brigade of the Army’s 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, together with elements of the Philippine National Police Provincial Office, Ozamis City arrested Rommel Salinas alias Venco/Beto/Carlos/Doming/Artem/Mark, secretary SECOM, SENDONG Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee in Barangay Gango, Ozamis City at about 6PM on Thursday, May 11.
Rommel Salinas, who was the most wanted New People’s Army (NPA) commander in Western Mindanao was arrested by virtue of five warrants of arrest for the following crimes docketed: CC# 9707 for Destructive Arson issued by RTC, 10th judicial Region, Br 32; CC# 9552 for Murder issued by RTC, 10th Judicial region, Br 29, CC# 9705 for Frustrated Murder issued by RTC, 10th Judicial Region, Br 32, CC# 9600 for Attempted Murder issued by RTC, 10th Judicial Region, Br 32 and CC# 9708 for Robbery in Band issued by RTC, 10th Judicial Region, Br 30.
Salinas, who did not put up a fight, was with two companions identified as Bishop Carlo Morales of the Philippine Independent Church, his wife Maria Teotifina Morales, with their driver, Sadome Dalid. They were on board an IFI maroon Starex with plate number NR 151010 when arrested.
Brigadier General Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army said the NPA in Zamboanga Peninsula and elsewhere were involved in numerous atrocities nationwide especially in Mindanao, particularly arson, extortion, killings and abduction.
Salinas being a front secretary of the NPA is reportedly involved in numerous high profile crimes against the people and humanity.
“Best coordination work from community, LGU, PNP and the Army led to the capture of the ranking CPP-NPA leader in Western Mindanao,” said BGen Bautista. (ALT-PIA9/Zamboanga Sibugay/With reports from DPAO,1ID)