NDFP consultant, 4 others nabbed in Laguna

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 16 2018 05:14 PM

MANILA - National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultant Adelberto Silva and four others were arrested Monday in Sta. Cruz, Laguna, police said Tuesday.

Silva, 71, was arrested by virtue of a warrant of arrest related to the 15 counts of murder in the Inupacan, Leyte massacre, according to the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

Cristina Palabay, secretary-general of Grupong Karapatan, said Silva, a former political detainee and NDF consultant, was arrested Monday afternoon in Barangay Pagsawitan, Sta. Cruz.

Also arrested with Silva were Erineo Atader, 55; Edicel Legaspi, 60; Hedda Calderon, 63; and, Julio Lusania, 53.

In August 2016, Silva was released with Communist Party of the Philippines leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon so they could participate in peace negotiations between the government and the communist movement.

In January, the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32 granted the Department of Justice's motion for the recommitment of the Tiamzon couple and Silva and the cancellation of their P100,000 bail.

Authorities said Silva had firearms in his possession when he was arrested. 

Silva and four other suspects will undergo inquest proceedings in Laguna on Tuesday afternoon.