By Martin Sadongdong
A member of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) negotiating panel and his wife were arrested by joint police and military forces in Bacoor, Cavite minutes after midnight Friday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed.
Rey Casambre, 67, a member of the NDFP negotiating panel, and his wife Patricia, 65, were apprehended by elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG-NCR, CIDG-4A), Cavite Provincial Police Office (PPO), Philippine Army (PA), Philippine Air Force (PAF) and Intelligence Section of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP).
The announcement was made by PNP-CIDG director Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus.
The PNP also tagged Rey as the secretary of the National Education Department of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
The Karapatan-Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights said Rey is an executive director for the Philippine Peace Center.
Corpus said Casambre has warrants of arrest for murder and two counts of attempted murder dated November 23, 2018 issued by Honorable Emilio Dayanghirang III, presiding judge of Regional Trial Court 11th Judicial Region, Branch 32 in Lupon, Davao Oriental.
Corpuz clarified that Casambre’s arrest is the result of the implementation of the arrest warrant against him, and not about his position as a consultant for the NDFP.
According to initial investigation, the couple was onboard a sedan when the arresting team arrested them along Barangay Niyog 3, Molino Boulevard, Bacoor, Cavite at 12:10 a.m.
When the arrest warrants were served, Corpus said authorities found from the couple’s possession a caliber .45 pistol, a bundle of electric detonating cord, various ammunition, a fragmentation grenade, two cellphones, a laptop and P6,000 in cash.
The couple was brought to the CIDG-NCR headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City for documentation and proper disposition.
Corpus said additional charges are being prepared against the couple.