High ranking NPA
leader and 4 others, apprehended
803rd Infantry Brigade,
July 14, 2018
Samar – Inter-agency operation conducted by elements of 803rd
Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade and Northern Samar Provincial Police
Office led to the apprehension of Marieta Bartolo aka Tayang and
four (4) others on July 13, 2018, 4:30 afternoon at Brgy.
Bangkerohan, Catarman, Northern Samar.
Marieta Bartolo is the
Front Secretary of Metro 1, SRC Emporium, an NPA unit operating in
the municipalities of Pambujan, San Roque, Silvino Lobos, Las Navas,
Mondragon and Catarman, all of Northern Samar. They are responsible
on the atrocities against the military/police personnel and
civilians in the said area.
The four (4) other
captured suspects were identified as Ruth Martirez Figueroa, Bayan
Muna President-Northern Samar and the incumbent Barangay Chairwoman
of UEP Zone 3, Catarman, Northern Samar; Emboy Loberiano aka Bagyo;
Danny Basiloy y Pinuton; and Gil Martirez y Espelimbergo.
The inter-agency operation
is by virtue of two (2) Warrant of Arrests issued by the Gamay
Regional Trial Court Branch Nr 38 for the crime of Murder under case
Nr 12-148 and Frustrated Murder under criminal case Nr 12-149
against Marieta Bartolo aka Tayang.
Three (3) Cal 45 pistol,
one (1) Cal .38 pistol, one (1) Cal 40 Glock Pistol, and one (1)
KG9mm pistol were recovered from the vehicle used by the suspects.
Other items recovered were twelve (12) envelops with P30,000.00 each
and other subversive documents.
Col Ramil M Bitong,
Commander of 803Bde, believes the cash are grease money to support
the candidacy of Ruth Martirez Figueroa for ABC President of
Catarman, Northern Samar and alarming to this incident is the
collaboration of Bartolo and Figueroa, who were identified leader of
NPA and Bayan Muna. Bartolo is believed to have raised the funds to
ensure the election of Figueroa as ABC President.
“The suspects are now
under custody of the Northern Samar Provincial Police Office and
criminal charges will be filed against the suspects. Cohorts and
other companions who escaped were subject to the man-hunt
operation.” Col Bitong added.