PROVINCE OF BUKIDNON – The multiple criminal charges against the 30 members of the New Peoples Army (NPA) who raided the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) camp in Sitio Buco, Barangay Banlag, Valencia City on the evening of August 22 were already filed in the Provincial Prosecutors Office recently.
Police Provincial Direc-tor SSupt. Archie Francisco Gamboa confirmed to NEWSWATCH on Sep-tember 20 that the government Inter-Agency Legal Assistance Group already filed charges against the NPA rebels.
The case of murder, robbery in band (7 counts) and arson are filed particularly against the NPAs Front Committee (FC) 6 leader Abelardo Navarro alias Narra, Alexander Llesis alias Wawin/Baguis, Zenaida Llesis (the released prisoner who was arrested in Pangantucan, Bukidnon), Jennifer Sarno, Juan Pontillas, 40 other NPAs. Civilian Active Auxiliary/CAFGU member Julieto Tapanan was also charged. Tapanan was believed to be in cohort with the NPAs during the raid.
Said NPA rebels killed CAFGU Detachment Commander SSgt. Catalino Edaño, wounding one CAFGU member, took 30 high powered firearms composed of two (2) M16 Rifles, fifteen (15) M14 Rifles, ten (10) 30M1 Garrand Rifles, two (2) Carbine Rifles and one (1) cal .45 pistol owned by Edaño. (NEWSWATCH)