Pastor linked to NPA nabbed in Bohol

Published June 25, 2021, 1:48 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – A 52-year-old pastor suspected to be a supporter of the New People’s Army (NPA) was arrested in Mabini, Bohol Friday, June 25.

Nathaniel Vallenta, known as “Pastor Dodo” in the United Church of Christ (UCCP) based in Mabini, was caught keeping several firearms when law enforcers raided his home in Barangay San Jose, Mabini at dawn.

Authorities swooped down on the man’s house on the strength of a search warrant issued by Executive Judge Leo Moises Lison of the Regional Trial Court Branch 3 in Tagbilaran City.

Seized from the man’s house were four .45 caliber pistols, one hand grenade, various ammunition and subversive documents, the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Central Visayas (PNP-CIDG Region 7) said.

In its report, the CIDG Region 7 said Vallenta belonged to the Tabada Crime Group engaged in gun-running activities in Bohol.

Vallenta was detained at the CIDG-Bohol pending the filing charges against him, police said.