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Nabbed rebel leader linked to
Army commander’s slay


An alleged New People’s Army leader, arrested Saturday by a combined team of 62nd Infantry Battalion and PNP Special Action Force in Calatrava, Negros Occidental, is also linked to the summary execution of an Army detachment commander, in front of his daughter and disarmed government militiamen, two years ago, military said.

Joel Danioso, an alleged commander of the Yunit Militia of the NPA Northern Negros Front Committee, was nabbed in Sitio Minatipik, Brgy. Winaswasan, Calatrava, by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by San Carlos City Regional Trial Court Judge Kathrine Go, for the crime of robbery with homicide and physical injuries.

Col. Oscar Lactao, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, yesterday said Danioso was among those who led the attack and burning of a military outpost in Sitio Pulopangayan, Brgy. Bug-ang, Toboso, Negros Occidental, in Aug. 28, 2010.

Military records also show that the rebels shot and killed SSgt. Efraim Bagonoc, detachment commander, in front of his daughter and disarmed militiamen, and took 23 high-powered firearms from the overran detachment, military records showed.

“At the end of the day, you cannot run away if you have arrest warrants. The long arm of the law will always catch you,” Lactao said.

Danioso is the younger brother of Rogelio Danioso, commander of the NPA Northern Negros Front, who was arrested in previous years for robbery-in-band charges, but managed to post bail.*

Lt. Col. Efren Morados, 62nd Infantry Battalion commander, said they will continue to help the PNP implement arrest warrants issued by the courts. “We are serious in enforcing our laws and let the rule of law apply to these people who are menaces to society,” Morados added.

The arrest of Danioso came after Cadiz RTC Judge Renato Munez ordered a reinvestigation on the murder charge filed against two suspected NPA leaders, who were arrested in previous months in the cities of Cadiz and Bago, Negros Occidental.

The arrested rebel suspects identified as Zara Alvarez and Anecita Rojo, were charged, in court for, among others, the death of Army 1Lt. Archie Polenzo during an encounter in the hinterlands of Cadiz City, more than two years ago.

Alvarez, a teacher, and Rojo, a church worker, vehemently denied military and police claims, that they are members of the NPA. Both are now detained at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology detention facilities in Cadiz City.

Lactao said order to re-investigate the case filed against the two arrested suspects is part of the judicial process.

“Under our judicial system, you are presumed innocent unless proven guilty,” he added.

Whatever is the decision of the court, we will abide by it, he added.*GPB



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