NPA leader arrested in northern Negros

A leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Negros Occidental, who is facing a string of murder cases, was arrested by police operatives in Barangay Bato, Sagay City on Thursday night.

A report of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office identified the suspect as Lorenzo Ferolino, alias “Victor Perolino”, the number one in the list of communist terrorists of the defunct Police Regional Office 18 (Negros Island Region).

Ferolino, 39, leader of the Front Secretariat of the North Negros Front, is an intelligence officer of the Special Partisan Unit of Komiteng Rehiyon-Negros, Front Executive Committee; and commanding officer of Technical Department, based on the periodic status report of 2018.

He was arrested on board a motorcycle with a female companion, Clydie Sabete, 26, while traveling along Sitio Linasgasan at about 10 p.m.

Chief Insp. Antonio Benitez Jr., officer-in-charge of the Sagay City Police Station, in a radio interview on Friday, said they received information on the whereabouts of Ferolino, prompting them to conduct an operation for his arrest.

The police then endorsed Ferolino to the custody of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, he added.

Police records showed Ferolino has warrants of arrest for murder issued by Executive Judge Renato Muñez of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Cadiz City on Sept. 19, 2012; two counts of murder, issued by Judge Kathrine Go of RTC Branch 59 in San Carlos City on March 10, 2014; two counts of murder and one for frustrated murder, issued by Executive Judge Reginald Fuentebella of RTC Branch 73 in Sagay City on July 27, 2018. All the murder cases have no recommended bail.

During his arrest, Ferolino yielded a .45-caliber pistol with defaced serial number, along with two magazines with 22 live ammunition, and a bag containing his voter’s ID, driver’s license, and other personal belongings.

Sabete was found possessing a fragmented hand grenade and a .22 caliber revolver with a cartridge case and one live ammunition, along with some personal items. (PNA/Nanette Guadalquiver)