Army arrests NPA leader

October 27, 2018

A RANKING official of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) who previously helped organized sugarworkers in Negros island thru the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) and accused of murder has been arrested by authorities on Friday.

Philippine Army colonel, Alberto Desoyo, chief of the 303rd Brigade, Third Infantry Division identified the suspect as, Mary Grace Delicano, purportedly head of the Negros Regional Command of the NPA and member of guerillas’ education and instruction group at the time of her arrest.

Delicano, who also goes by the aliases, “Tingting,” “Cleo” and “Karyle,” was the subject of an arrest warrant, issued on Dec. 11, 2012, by Judge Fernando Elumba of Branch 6 of the Kabankalan Regional Trial Court for murder.

Desoyo said combined police and military elements nabbed Delicano in Bgy. 9, Kabakankalan City and considers her arrest “a big blow” to the communist movement in the region.

The military said Delicano started her career in the underground movement as an organizer for the NFSW.

The military and the police are now accusing the NFSW of “setting up for murder” by the NPA, nine of the eleven peasants it just recruited to occupy lands in the town of Sagay on October 20.

Militant groups, however, claim the massacre was perpetrated by the military.

Desoyo averred the likes of Delicano has been giving the government “a bad name,” while conducting training programs for the NPA and its recruits.

“People like Delicano,” the military official said, had been “pointing only to supposedly what’s wrong with the government (while) ignoring reforms resulting from state development initiatives.”

The suspect is now under detention at the police station in Kabankalan.