Alleged rebel leader nabbed in Bulacan

ALAN JAZMINES, allegedly a ranking communist rebel leader, was arrested by a team of policemen and soldiers in Baliuag, Bulacan, Monday evening, a day before a week-long ceasefire between the Philippine military and New People’s Army rebels takes effect.

Brigadier General Jose Mabanta Jr., spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said Jazminez, reportedly a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines’ Central Committee, was arrested past 6 p.m. in a safe house in Barangay Subic, Baliuag.

Mabanta said Jazmines was wanted for murder based on a warrant of arrest issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 63 of Calauag, Quezon. He is also wanted for rebellion based on a warrant of arrest issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 59 of Lucena City.

A report by Newsbreak quoted sources as saying that Jazmines told his captors he was covered by the Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantees that should spare those on the list from arrest.

The source, however, said Jazmines could not present any document that would prove the claim.

“This is tricky, because we don’t know who is on that list and Jazmines has not shown any document – what we call a document of information—to prove he’s covered by Jasig,” the Newsbreak source said.

In January, authorities also arrested Tirso Alcantara, allegedly a New People’s Army leader in Southern Luzon. Alcantara is detained in Fort Bonifacio.

Newsbreak said Jazmines was a student activist under the Marcos dictatorship. He was jailed in the late 1980s under the Aquino government but was released after a few years. He taught for a time in a university until he returned to the underground. Remate Monitoring

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