Police authorities in Negros Occidental arrested Friday evening the New
People’s Army (NPA) top leader in a checkpoint at Brgy. Punao, San Carlos City.
Rogelio Posadas alias Poten, Isko, Roger, Rogelio, Roman Itsoy, Choy,
Bot-chok is the Front Secretary of Northern Negros Front, Komiteng Rehiyon –
Negros (KR-N) and NDF’s spokesperson Negros arrested 10:30 PM, January 9, 2015.*
PSupt. Victorino E. Romanillos, San Carlos City police chief with Special
Operation’s Group led by PSInsp. Antonio Benitez Jr. collared Rogelio Posadas
alias Poten in a joint random checkpoint relative to the security preparation
for the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis about 10:30PM, January 9, 2015.
Posadas, according to reports is wanted for murder charges and has a pending
warrant with criminal case 4311-C issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 60
Judge Renato D. Muñez and another in criminal case number 4468-S. He is with
eight other persons in the warrant of arrest and no bail was recommended for
their temporary release.
It added that Posadas who is also owning up to aliases Isko, Roger, Rogelio,
Roman Itsoy, Choy, Botchok is the Front Secretary of Northern Negros Front,
Komiteng Rehiyon – Negros (KR-N) and NDF’s spokesperson Negros. He was
positively identified by a rebel returnee and a former companion who was with
the operatives during the checkpoint.
Police also said that Posadas admitted the position he handled in the
organization. He was with two other companions aboard a motorcycle, one of them
a woman who were also questioned during the arrest and later freed by cops.
As the Army braces the suspension of offensive military operations, they
identified the arrested person as someone in their list occupying such position.
Reports received also alleged Posadas a member of Komiteng Tagapaganag and the
executive committee of Komiteng Rehiyon involved in all NPA tactical offensive
against the government in Northern Negros, adding that he is accountable to
various criminal activities particularly extortion targeting sugar mills,
transloading stations, haciendas, construction firms and other businesses
refusing to give in to their demands.