MANILA - A suspected ranking leader of the New People's Army (NPA) was arrested by police and military forces during a raid in Barangay Buntala, Jaro town, Iloilo on Tuesday morning.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Eduardo Almores Esteban was arrested in Landheights Subdivision by virtue of a warrant for murder issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 2 of Bangued, Abra.
AFP Public Affairs chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said Esteban's arrest is another blow to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)-NPA, whose top leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon were arrested last March.
Zagala said Esteban, who carries the aliases Bonnie, Benny and Pilo, is the director of the communications bureau of the CPP-NPA Central Committee. Esteban is also the former secretary of the Ilocos Cordillera Regional Party Committee.
"The ranking NPA leader reportedly owns and supervises several businesses in the city while his comrades are still in the mountains living a life full of hardships, and being misled to the violent path," he said.
He said Esteban will be brought to Abra to face the case lodged against him.