KUTA MAJ CESAR L SANG-AN, Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga Del Sur (DWDD) – The most wanted New People’s Army commander in Western Mindanao was arrested by troops in Baranggay Gango, Ozamiz City at around 6:00 PM, yesterday, May 12, 2017.
Combined troops of the 103nd Infantry Brigade of the 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division, Philippine Army together with the elements of Philippine National Police Provincial Office of Ozamiz City arrested Rommel Salinas alias Vencio / Beto / Carlos / Doming / Artem / Mark, Secretary of Secom Sendong, Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee by virtue of five (5) Arrest Warrants for the following crimes: Destructive arson, Murder, Frustrated murder, Attempted murder, and Robbery in band.
Recovered from his possession were a hand grenade and personal belongings.
Salinas, who did not put up a fight, was with two companions who were identified as Bishop Carlo Morales of the Aglipayan Church and his wife Maria Teofifina Morales and their driver Sadome Dalid. They were onboard a Maroon Starex van with plate number 151010 when arrested
According to BGen Rolando Joselito D Bautista, Commander of the 1st ID, the NPA in the Zamboanga Peninsula and elsewhere were involved in numerous atrocities nationwide especially in Mindanao, particularly arson, extortion, killings and abduction.
Salinas being a Front Secretary of the NPA is reportedly involved in numerous high profile crimes against the people and humanity . “Best coordination work from the community, LGU, PNP and the Army led to the capture of one of the highest ranking CPP-NPA leader in Western Mindanao, said Bautista.” 4CRG / 1ID / AES