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Sarah Alvarez. (photo courtesy of Army 303rd Brigade)

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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Authorities seized some P175,000 worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu and arrested four people during a raid at an alleged drug den in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, Saturday afternoon.

Arrested were the drug den’s alleged operator Jolito Alopenia Sr., 45, his live-in partner Precy Alopenia, 46, Sheila Mae Cainoy, 32, and Jerry Ybiernas, 24, Chief Insp. Rico Santotome, head of the Negros Occidental PNP’s Anti Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, said.

Members of the Cadiz City Police carried out the operation in Brgy. Zone 4 on a search warrant issued by Municipal Trial Court Judge Reginald Fuentebella, Santotome said.

During the raid, police confiscated six big packs and 18 small plastic sachets of suspected shabu, a weighing scale, calculators, lighters, an improvised scoop, and pins used in repacking illegal drugs, as well as a motorcycle.

Some P24,568 cash, believed to be proceeds of the illegal trade, was also recovered from Alopenia, Santotome said. (John Roson)

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Two soldiers got killed while another was injured when government troops clashed with New People’s Army (NPA) members in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, Tuesday morning.

Members of the Army’s 62nd Infantry Battalion encountered an undetermined number of rebels in Brgy. Andres Bonifacio around 9:40 a.m., Lt. Col. Chris Tampos, Armed Forces Central Command spokesman, said.

Firefight went on until 10 a.m. and two military helicopters were sent from Mactan Island, Cebu, around 11 a.m. to bring in more troops and provide air support to the engaged soldiers, Tampos said.

Captain Leo Cunanan, Army 303rd Brigade spokesman, identified the fatalities as Pfc. Benavidez, Pfc. Toledo, and the injured, Sgt. Isidro.

Troops are still pursuing the rebels as of this posting. (John Roson)

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