Kin of suspected rebel denies NPA links, claims suspect is ‘too old’

Posted by watchmen
September 15, 2017

By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga

The son of the suspected New People’s Army (NPA) member, recently arrested by Sipalay City police following last weekend’s gun battle between the rebel group and the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF), denied his mother is linked with the NPA.
In a recent radio interview, Randy Villanida, the son of 57-year-old Mercideta Villanida, claimed she could not be a member since she is “already too old.”
He also denied claims his father was a leader of the NPA in southern Negros Occidental, saying, instead, he was a member of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU).
The son claimed an armed man, assumed to be an NPA member, visited their home begging for food on the day of the firefight. After providing him food and coffee, the man allegedly left an M4 assault rifle, along with a bag of subversive documents, at their home.
These items were later seized by police during the suspect’s arrest.
Earlier this week, the elder Villanida was charged with rebellion and illegal possession of firearm, following a raid by the PNP-SAF./WDJ

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