Army confirms arrest of NDF consultant

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Army on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of Randy Felix Malayao whom it described as a ranking communist leader in the Ilocos region linked to a number of killings including that of former Cagayan Rep. Rodolfo Aguinaldo.

In a statement, Army spokesman Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner said Malayao was nabbed by combined military and police operatives about 9 p.m. on May 15 at the vicinity of Malik village in Cainta town in Rizal province, east of Metro Manila.

The Army statement described Malayao as the deputy secretary of the Northeast Luzon Regional Party Committee (NELRC) (formerly Cagayan Valley Regional Party Committee); a regular member of the EXECOM; and head of the Regional Education Department and the spokesman of the NELRC.

Brawner said Malayao was arrested by virtue of two warrants of arrest issued against him: two counts of murder and frustrated murder docketed as criminal case #9090, 9091 & 9092 in Tuguegarao City. He has another case filed in Ilagan, Isabela.

The Army statement said the arrest was carried out by elements of the 502nd Brigade, intelligence operatives from the 5th Infantry Division, the National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Police Regional Office (PRO) 2.

Brawner said Malayao is currently under the custody of the PRO 2.

The statement said Malayao was a student leader during his college days at the University of the Philippines.

“Due to his performance and aggressiveness in pursuing party works, he became a full-time party member of the CPP/NPA/NDF. He was the political officer of Northern Front, CVRC prior to his designation as the spokesperson and head, of NELRC. He used the name Salvador del Pueblo in Region 2 in his dealings with the media and propaganda works,” the statement read.

It added that Malayao is being investigated, among others, for the killing of Aguinaldo; ambush of Army elements in San Mariano, Isabela; liquidation of village chieftain Nicholas Collado of San Mariano, Isabela; liquidation of Army personnel in Ilagan; and the slaying of businessman Benjamin “Rigor” Olalia Jr of Ilagan after a failed extortion try.

Earlier, the Desaparecidos, an organization of families of victims of enforced disappearances and the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) voiced concern over the “disappearance” of Malayao, whom they said was seized while on his way to Pasig City.

Likewise, the National Democratic Front human rights monitoring committee scored the disappearance of Malayao, whom it described as a political consultant of the NDF in Cagayan Valley.

“A month before his disappearance, Malayao was reported in the Cagayan Valley’s Security
Council meeting as ‘about to be captured,'” said Jansel Reyes, media officer of NDF-Cagayan Valley.

“The Arroyo government has once again committe a blatant violation of human rights and International Humanitarian Laws. Malayao was an unarmed NDF consultant covered by immunity when they took him and detained him against his will,” Reyes said. – GMANews.TV

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