Local News: Arrest of RPA-ABB in Order, NBI Chief Says
NBI Bacolod Head Agent Ferdinand Lavin has belied allegations that the local law enforcement agency violated rules and procedures in the case of the arrest of three members of the group based in Southern Negros, who were arrested in Bacolod.
Lavin said that since they were arrested out of their designated camp or camps, they have in fact already violated provisions of the supposed peace agreement worked out between the Office of the government’s Peace Process, which speaks for the government side in the peace negotiations with the breakaway rebel group.
The three- Jessie Daguia and Alejandro Vincent Capunong-were arrested in Bacolod City, while Eddie Fortunado sought NBI protection, also giving up to the well-respected government law enforcement agency.
The NBI did not also violate legal procedures and in the case of the RPA-ABB complaint, it is the prosecutor who is tasked to file the complaint against the three. The prosecutor should, therefore, be the one to determine whether processes were violated in the RPA-ABB arrests.
Earlier, the families of those arrested complained that the members of the group who were arrested in Kabankalan, had claimed they were brought to Manila and detained there.
In fairness, it must be pointed out that the killing of Judge Arles was not in furtherance of their political advocacy but was basically a paid hit job. Those members who are engaged in purely criminal activities should not hide under the skirt of the organization, Lavin said.
Any organization, much less one with a political agenda should never be coddlers of those committing criminal acts, added Lavin.
Even the NBI’s higher-ups did not mention about them having violated any legal processes, said Lavin. In due time, he will call a press conference once more to respond to RPA-ABB spokesman Victor Sumulong’s allegations.*