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Jailed NPA leader in deeper trouble

  • Written by Alfred Dalizon, EMontano
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A 57-year-old ranking Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army leader currently serving a term at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City found himself in trouble anew after he was served another warrant of arrest for murder, the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group said yesterday.

Members of the PNP-CIDG Region 3 office headed by Superintendent Edwin Quilates served the warrant for murder issued against Leopoldo Caluza in his prison cell shortly before noon Tuesday, said PNP-CIDG director Chief Supt. Roel B. Obusan.
   
Obusan described Caluza as a priority target of the CIDG under their Coplan “Hangaroo.” He said that the suspect has a P2.9 million bounty offered by the government.
   
In another development President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday slammed Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sisonfor being “arrogant”.
   
In his camp visit at the 3rd Infantry Spearhead Division in Jamindan, Capiz Friday Duterte downplayed the CPP NPA’s claim of strength.
   
“Akala mo naman kung sino magsalita,” Duterte said. “Nayayabangan ako sa kanila as if they are really the one in power.”
   
In Davao, according to Duterte, NPA-backed candidates could not even win an election if not for him.
   
“Hindi nga sila manalo sa eleksyon sa Davao kung hindi dahil sa akin,” he added.
   
He urged Sison to show sincerity when dealing with the government.
   
Formal talks were scheduled to begin in Oslo, Norway on August 20.
   
Sison, meanwhile, decribed Duterte as “volatile” for revoking the government ceasefire.
   
“Masyado namang volatile ang Presidente na bagong halal,” an incensed Sison told ANC.
   
“Hindi pwedeng nag-uultimatum. Ang pinag-uusapan dito oras lang, araw. Kung lumampas ng buwan, pwedeng may uminit ang ulo,” he said.
   
Duterte’s decision, Sison said, showed a “lack of prudence in something as sensitive and delicate as peace negotiations between two armed fighting sides.”