Police authorities started February with an arrest of an alleged high-ranking official of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in Ozamiz City.
Northern Mindanao police spokesperson Superintendent Lemuel Gonda said Rommel Dorango Salinas, secretary of the CPP, got arrested in a police operation in Barangay Aguada, Ozamiz City at 11 a.m. on February 1.
Salinas has arrest warrant for frustrated murder and destructive arson issued by the Surigao City Regional Trial Court in October last year.
However, left-leaning human rights group Karapatan said that the arrest of Salinas was “illegal.”
“Ipapaalala lang po namin sa authorities na inaresto n’yo na po si Rommel Salinas na NDFP consultant last May 11, 2017 together with Bishop Carlos Morales, his wife and his driver. So ano ito? Bolahan na lang, gaguhan na lang. Pasensya na ha. We are very sure that this person is a victim of illegal arrest,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said.
The communist rebel was reportedly arrested in May 2017 at a checkpoint in the same province, recovering from the suspect MK2 hand grenade, knife, communication gadgets, a map and P80,000 cash.
Despite this, the government authorities lauded the arrest of Salinas during the implementation of LIO manhunt Charlie and enhanced managing police operation.
“Furthermore, RD encouraged all personnel of the PRO 10 to continue its unwavering efforts to eradicate all forms of criminality in the regions and keep on reinvigorating its anti-criminality campaign,” the police’s issued statement said.