The Negros Occidental District Jail in Brgy. Abuanan, Bago City, has asked for an augmentation force from the Philippine Army to secure alleged rebel leader Romeo Nanta, whom it considers a “high risk detainee”, Provincial Legal Officer Jose Ma. Valencia said yesterday.
Nanta, who was arrested jointly by the police and military last month in Cadiz City, was alleged by the Philippine Army to be the regional commander of the New People’s Army in Negros island.
Valencia said he has endorsed the letter request of the NODJ to Col. Oscar Lactao, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, who said he will immediately act on it as soon as he receives it.
Nanta is facing charges for three counts of murder and frustrated murder, in connection with the ambush of civilians in Toboso, Negros Occidental, two years ago.
Eryl Baynosa, one of the three survivors of the ambush, allegedly perpetrated by the NPA, on July 13, 2009 in Brgy. Salamanca, Toboso, positively identified Nanta as the one who led the attack against them.
The NPA, in a statement, admitted their lapses in the ambush of civilians.
Aside from that ambush, Nanta also has pending arrest warrants for rebellion, robbery-in-band, frustrated and attempted murder. He was denied bail for the robbery-in-band-charges, police said.
Nanta has vehemently denied that he is connected to the NPA.*GPB