AGENTS of the Police Regional Office 3 early morning yesterday arrested Rodolfo Salas, a 72-year old former Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army chieftain in Angeles City in Pampanga, PRO3 director, Brigadier General Rhodel O. Sermonia said.
Salas, also known as ‘Commander Bilog,’ yielded a caliber .45 Para-Ordnance pistol with serial no. P113180, two loaded cal. .45 magazines and 174 pieces of various live ammunition when he was arrested around 5:50 a.m. in his house in Doña Carmen Street, Mountainview, Balibago, Angeles City.
Salas was arrested by security troops in 1986 but was granted an amnesty in 1992 by then President Fidel V. Ramos.
A team of PRO3 officers led by Colonel Jonathan Calixto arrested the rebel leader on the strength of a warrant of arrest for 29 counts of murder issued by Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32 on August 28, 2019. The service of the warrant of arrest and the ensuing search were made in the presence of Salas’ live-in partner Jhoana Lamigo, the PRO3 director said.
The accused was immediately taken to the PRO3 headquarters for questioning and documentation following his arrest. The firearm recovered from his possession will be subjected to a ballistics examination prior to the filing of another case for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 against Salas, said Sermonia.
Salas was among the 38 CPP/NPA personalities headed by self-exiled CPP founding chairman Jose Ma. Sison ordered arrested by the Manila court in connection with the infamous Inopacan Massacre in Leyte in the 1980s wherein an estimated 300 NPA rebels and sympathizers were reportedly executed as a result of an NPA purging.
Apart from Salas, Sison and his wife Juliet, a former National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace negotiator, also ordered arrested were NDFP consultant for peace process Leo Velasco; Jose Luneta, a co-founder of Kabataang Makabayan and former CPP secretary general secretary who passed away in Germany on May 1, 2018; Geronimo Pasetes; Prudencio Calubid; Eduardo Sarmiento and NDFP senior adviser, former priest Luis Jalandoni.