4 Bacolod activists released on bail

Published November 14, 2019, 7:25 PM

by Rica Arevalo

By Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – Four militant group leaders who were arrested in a series of raids here two weeks ago, were released from detention after posting bail.

Released last Tuesday was Danilo Tabura while Roberto Lachica, Mary Anne Krueger, and National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) secretary-general John Milton Lozande were freed the following day.

Capt. Cenon Pancito III, spokesperson of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (ID), said each of them posted bail for their case of violation of Republic Act 10591 or Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.

The four activists were among the 11 militant leaders, who were previously arrested by local policemen and Army at the offices of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), and Gabriela at Brgy. Bata, and NFSW at Brgy. 33 last October 31, where authorities recovered several firearms and ammunition.

Pancito said the remaining seven leaders – Albert dela Cerna, Karina Mae dela Cerna, Cherryl Catalogo, KMU secretary-general Noly Rosales, Proceso Quiatzon, Mermalyn Bito-on, and husband Romulo Bito-on are now under the custody of Negros Occidental District Jail (NODJ) in Bago City.

These seven progressive group leaders are facing charges with no bail for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and illegal possession of explosives.