The husband of the suspected rebel officer, Rogina Quilop, who was arrested Tuesday by the combined forces of the police and military intelligence operatives last week, claimed that her arrest was illegal at a press conference in Bacolod City yesterday.
Rogina Quilop, “alias Ka Jhea” and “Rowena Navarro”, was arrested for arson on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by San Carlos City Regional Trial Court Judge Katherine Go, who denied her bail.
She and several others were tagged in the burning of a transloading station in Toboso town, Negros Occidental several years ago.
Her husband, Jose Quilop, denied the allegations against his wife and is asking for help for her release, claiming further that there was no clear basis for the case. He also said there was no due process because they were not informed about the case so Rogina can defend herself.
He claimed it was impossible for his wife to become a rebel member and burn the transloading station as she had an injured wrist due to a motor accident.
He also said her arrest affected him and their two children aged 7 and 3.
The Center for People’s Resources and Services director Manuel Felipe said Rogina was their administrative officer and is not connected to any militant groups. CPRS is a registered non-government organization that helps mitigate disaster prone communities, it said.
Rodolfo Navarro, Rogina’s father, also said she never participated in any rebel activities.
Fred Caña of Karapatan-Negros also claimed the arrest warrant served to Rogina was the same as that of Romulo Bito-on, who was arrested last year.
Rogina is now detained at the Negros Occidental Provincial Jail and the first arraignment of her case is on March 23 in San Carlos City RTC Branch 59.
Military and Police intelligence reports, however, show that Rogina is the secretary of the Regional Finance Bureau of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army Komiteng Rehiyonal-Negros organization chaired by priest-turned rebel Frank Fernandez.*LTG