Communist leader nabbed in Albay

August 23, 2010 11:20 am 

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug. 23 — For having one shot too many, a New People’s Army (NPA) leader fell into the hands of Army soldiers over the weekend, a ranking military officer here said Friday.

Alvin Orpiada alias "Bong", commander of "Sentro De Grabidad", under the Larangan 77 guerrilla front operating in Albay, was bagged by combined elements of the Army and police at Brgy. Libas, Guinobatan town in Albay on Friday evening.

Brigadier General Marlou Salazar, 901st Brigade commander, said that a crack team from his unit, supported by policemen from Albay, collared the drunk Orpiada at around 9:45 p.m. Friday.

“Orpiada was heavily drunk when arrested by soldiers and policemen in the presence of his friends who shared a drink with him in a secluded house in the village. My soldiers followed all the legal procedures in effecting the arrest and the suspect was treated humanely,” said Salazar.

Orpiada has a string of criminal cases with at least four warrants of arrest were issued against him. He was facing two murder cases in a local court in Guinobatan town and a P500,000 bounty was placed on his head.

Salazar said that a local "sari-sari" store owner complained about Orpiada’s demand to take cases of beer without paying for them.

NPA leader’s name had earlier surfaced in numerous reports of extortion on small-time businesses in the towns in the third district of Albay.

Orpiada was brought to the military camp in Daraga town for custodial debriefing. Close coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP) had been made for the safe transfer of Orpiada to the agency’s custody.

Due to the cooperation of the local populace, the military has reported the increasing number of rebels being arrested in the past weeks.

Earlier, two rebels were also captured with four firearms in an upland village in Lupi, Camarines Sur when a local tipster pointed to their exact location.

One of the captured rebels, through the help of soldiers, unearthed eight high-powered firearms that they buried for safekeeping.(PNA)

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