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Rebel leader facing more murder raps

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Additional murder charges are being readied against detained rebel leader, Adidas Acero, for the death of New People’s Army member Randy Garsola, whose skeletal remains were exhumed from a shallow grave in Brgy. Riverside, Isabela, Negros Occidental on Dec. 2.

Maj. Cenon Pancito, 3rd Infantry Division spokesperson, said yesterday that the filing of murder charges against Acero, vice commander of the Leonardo Panaligan Command in central Negros, and several others, stemmed from the testimonies of a former rebel, who has personal knowledge of the incident.

Ka Ray disclosed that Garsola was summarily executed following the order of Adidas Acero alias Baldo, his platoon leader, two years, and was buried in Barangay Riverside, Isabela, Pancito said.

The credibility of Ka Ray was tested when he was able to specifically locate the remains of Garsola, he added.

Acero, who has seven warrants of arrest for various crimes, and several other rebels were arrested by 62IB and PNP personnel in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, on Sept. 19 this year.

He was also linked by the Philippine Army to the ambush-slay of then Guihulngan City police chief, Supt. Arnelo Arpon, and five of his men, and that of Army Cpl. Mark Quiocson, a member of the 62nd Infantry Battalion, in previous years. Ka Ray further revealed that Garsola was killed after signifying his intention to surrender, due to extreme hunger and longing to see his family, Pancito said, adding that Acero did not grant the wish of Garsola, and even ordered his comrades to kill him.*

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