June 18, 2024

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Most wanted female NPA rebel falls

By Justine Rich Talusan

A FEMALE member of the New People’s Army wanted for the kidnapping of two Army soldiers in Pola, Oriental Mindoro in August 2014 on Thursday was arrested in Puerto Galera Oriental Mindoro.

Police Regional Office 4-B director Brig. Gen. Sydney Hernia identified the arrested rebel as 36-year-old Riza Mendoza Bonquin alias “Ka Rizza Mendoza Mesana.

Bonquin was described as a member of the NPA’s Kilusang Larangan Gerilya Ignacio Calabria Magadia Command since 2001.

 Hernia said that the suspect became the 2nd NPA personality to be arrested by his men since the start of the year.

Combined operatives of the Puerto Galera Municipal Police Station, the Oriental Mindoro Police Provincial Office, the PRO4-B Regional Intelligence Unit, the Regional Mobile Force Battalion and the 10th Special Action Battalion of the PNP Special Action Force arrested Bonquin in Orient de Galera Resort in Bgy. San Isidro in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro past 5 p.m. on Thursday.

The official said that the accused is the subject of a warrant of arrest for kidnapping issued by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court on June 8, 2016, with no bail recommended.

 Bonquin, a member of an NPA group led by the late CPP-NPA spokesperson Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal,  was charged in connection with the kidnapping and serious illegal detention of Army Privates First Class Michael Napadas and Romel Sanlatan in Pola municipality on August 11, 2004.

 Her co-accused in the case apart from Rosal were identified as Rustom Sibulan alias “Ka Silang,” Noli Siasico alias “Ka Teody,” Nemesio Bungcal alias “Ka Islaw,” Manolo Rena alias “Ka Boyong” and Josephine Joy Acuza Mendoza.

Bonquin is now detained at the Puerto Galera police lock-up facility.