Police nab most wanted Maoist rebel

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POLICE captured in Pasig City a communist rebel listed as most wanted by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Authorities identified the suspect as 45-year-old Joselito Novelo Naag, who is a member of the New People’s Army, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Police nabbed the suspect in Santolan, Pasig based on an arrest warrant issued by a Legazpi City trial court.

A P100,000 bounty had been offered for Mr. Naag’s capture.

The arrest of the Maoist rebel was in line with the government’s intensified campaign against criminality, according to police.

Naag is also listed as No. 30 in Police Regional Office 5’s most wanted criminals. He is now under the custody of the Eastern Police District’s Intelligence Division.

A Manila trial court has ordered the arrest of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, his wife and 36 other members of the organization for murder.

In an arrest warrant dated Aug. 28, Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina did not recommend bail. The communist leaders were charged for the murder of 15 people in the so-called Inopacan massacre more than three decades ago.

Also ordered arrested were National Democratic Front of the Philippines senior adviser Luis Jalandoni, communist leaders Rodolfo Salas and Leo Velasco as well as Mr. Sison’s wife Juliet.

The case stemmed from the purges in Leyte at the height of the communist insurgency in the 1980s. They were charged with murder after skeletons of alleged victims were discovered in a mass grave in Leyte province in central Philippines.

Mr. Sison, who is in self-exile in The Netherlands, has called the list of accused “utterly stupid and obviously fabricated.” — Marc Wyxzel C. Dela Paz