Authorities arrested an alleged New People’s Army (NPA) financial and logistics officer in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, Tuesday night.
Sarah Alvarez was arrested by members of the 62nd Infantry Battalion and police around 6:15 p.m., Maj. Enrico Ileto, spokesman of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, said.
The arrest was carried on a warrant for murder issued by the Cadiz City Regional Trial Court Branch 60, he said.
The case stemmed from a clash that killed 1Lt. Archie Polenzo, of the 62nd IB, in March 2010.
Alvarez, who uses the alias “Olsen,” is also allegedly involved in the robbery at a fishpond in Sagay City last year, Ileto said.
Col. Oscar Lactao, commander of the 303rd Brigade, said Alvarez’s arrest will “cripple” the NPA Northern Negros Front’s “extortion activities.”
“Her (Alvarez) significance is evident with her direct links with financial and logistics bureaus of the NPA movement within Northern Negros and the island as a whole. She plays an important role in the Northern Negros Front’s extortion activities. Malaking kawalan sya sa NNF,” Lt. Col. Efren Morados, commander of the 62nd IB, said.
Alvarez’s arrest came hours after government troops killed Julia Pacheco Tabat, an alleged NPA medical officer, in a clash in Candoni, Tuesday morning. (John Roson)
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