NPA leader arrested in San Juan

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MANILA, Philippines – An alleged leader of the New People’s Army has on Monday (25 November 2019) been arrested in San Juan City.

Jaime Padilla, spokesperson of the NPA Southern Tagalog command, was accordingly arrested by authorities on the validity of an arrest warrant for multiple murder cases.

Padilla is now detained at Camp Crame according to Police Major Virgilio Timajo, spokesman of the Eastern Police District.

Padilla is on the hot list of alleged high-value terrorists submitted by the Department of Justice in court.

Meanwhile, an 8-page resolution dated February 1, Judge Marlo Magdoza-Malagar of Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 19, identified only CPP chairman Jose Maria Sison and Antonio Cabanatan, Secretary of the Mindanao Commission, as having “undisputed links” to the CPP-NPA.

The DOJ originally listed 649 names as members of the CPP-NPA, a move that caused an uproar because it was perceived to be a case of terror-tagging. (Marian Sinamban/IAMIGO/CNS)

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