The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the national police on Thursday maintained that the series of operations in Quezon City and Bulacan resulted in the arrest of six members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) earlier this week was “legitimate.”
Philippine National Police-CIDG chief, Maj. Gen. Albert Ferro made the remark after groups Gabriela and the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) alleged that the police force is attempting to link their organizations with the CPP-NPA following the recovery of several posters of their group and that of Bayan Muna party-list through the planting of evidence and peddling wrong information.
“The operations conducted by your PNP were legitimate and the police officers were armed with valid arrest warrants issued by the court. The pieces of evidence that were inadvertently found in the possession of the wanted persons were properly inventoried in the presence of barangay officials. Our personnel strictly followed the Police Operational Procedures during the operation,” Ferro said in a statement when sought for a comment.
“The PNP (Philippine National Police) neither condones planting of evidence nor does it authorize red-tagging. And the PNP has no participation in the creation of these materials. Nevertheless, the CIDG welcomes inquiries or investigations to shed light on this matter,” he added.
Ferro added that Gabriela merely wants to discredit the police officers involved in the operation and that this was not the first instance that law enforcement personnel discovered Gabriela and Bayan Muna party-list posters along with contrabands during legitimate operations.
“The PNP CIDG will not be fazed by these allegations and will continue to stand for truth and justice. The CIDG in collaboration with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the community remains committed to the attainment of the NTF ELCAC’s objectives, towards the upholding of justice and democracy in the country,” said Ferro.
On Tuesday, Gil Peralta, a regular member of the CPP Central Committee member and one of the convenors of the CPP 2nd Congress, was arrested at his rented house in Barangay Maribolo, Quezon City.
Peralta was nabbed for frustrated murder and arson docketed under Criminal Case Nos. II-10853 and II-10854 issued by the Aparri, Cagayan Regional Trial Court Branch 9.
Authorities seized caliber 5.56mm Colt, caliber .9mm Armscor, two magazines, 32 pieces of ammunition, 93 inches detonating cap, an MK2 fragmentation grenade, 12 blasting caps, eight improvised boosters, a holster for pistol, and a cellular phone from Peralta.