COMBINED elements of police and military arrested a female ranking official of New People’s Army (NPA) and four others at a checkpoint the other night in Negros Occidental.
Arrested were Mary Grace Delicano, alias Tingting, Cleo and Karyle, executive committee member of the Negros Island Regional Party Committee and her companions, identified as Richard Baylosis Serapin, Arnold Collastes Villegas, Wildie Pacle Adal, and Eric James Salcedo Rufino, who were believed to be new recruits of the CPP-NPA terrorists.
Reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo said the terrorists were arrested at a checkpoint on Highway Mabinay Road, Bgy. 9, Kabankalan City.
Accordingly, Delicano and her companions were on board a Toyota Innova that passed at a police and military checkpoint in the said area.
Record showed that Delicano is in-charge of the Regional Education Department (RED) that controls the regional instruction staff (RIS) which is responsible for the communist party education and trainings within the island, production of manuals, publications, leaflets and conduct of research works.
Delicano is also the incumbent front secretary of the Central Negros Front 2 (CN2), an NPA group that operates in Central Negros.
The report said Delicano was arrested based on a warrant for murder with “no bail” recommended issued by acting Presiding Judge Fernando R. Elumba of RTC Branch 61 in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.
Recovered from their possession were a Toyota Innova silver (YJB 515), a MacBook laptop, an Acer Tablet, two USB flash drives, an external hard drive, medical supplies, three notebooks and other subversive documents with high intelligence value.
They were then turned over to Kabankalan City Police Station for proper disposition and documentation.
Lieutenant Colonel Egberto Dacoscos, commanding officer of the Army’s 62nd Infantry Battalion, said the arrest of Delicano is a proof that the NPA ideology is an ideology of criminals.
“The capture of Delicano is a proof that the NPA ideology is an ideology of criminals. Having a crime record of murder as the lead educator of the communist ideology puts their teachings under inquiry. What is her credibility to become a teacher? What are they really teaching the masses?” Dacoscos said.