Slain cop chief’s gun seized from rebel

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BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The Glock 9mm pistol of the late Police Supt. Arnel Arpon, former chief of the Guihulngan City Police Station in Negros Oriental, who was killed along with five of his men in an ambush claimed by the New People’s Army rebels in 2017, was recovered from an NPA leader arrested Sunday, Col. Inocencio Pasaporte, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said yesterday.

The verification was made by the PNP Firearms and Explosives on assorted firearms seized by the military and police operatives from nine suspected rebels arrested Sunday in Brgy. Buenavista, Guihulngan City.

It showed that the US-made Glock 9mm pistol, with serial number AAAN274, was recovered from the possession of Adidas Acero, who is the vice commanding officer of the Leonardo Panaligan Command in central Negros, Pasaporte said.

The identification of the gun as legitimately owned by Arpon, Pasaporte said, could aggravate and bolster the case against Acero and Nona Espinosa, deputy secretary of the Central Negros Front, who are now facing multiple murder charges along with their companions.

This is clear evidence that they were behind the bloody and murderous ambush, he added.

Three years after the massacre of the six policemen, justice is well on its way and Acero and Espinosa will be made to answer for this heinous crime, Pasaporte added.

The seven companions of Espinosa and Acero were earlier identified as Lea Nilles alias Ka Susan, Xian Flores, Rodrigo Benlot alias Mori, Felix Policher alias Ka Rusi, Analyn Matusado alias Maynil, and alleged NPA supporters identified by the Philippine Army as Crispin Diano and Juravilla Baloy.

Their arrest yielded assorted guns and explosives, among other items, and subversive documents.

The long arm of the law is bound to catch you, and justice will be served to the victims, Pasaporte said.*

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