Skip to main content

NPA leader falls in Negros Occidental

An alleged top leader of the communist New People's Army was arrested in Cadiz City in Negros Occidental Monday, police and military officials said.

The news site Visayan Daily Star on Tuesday reported that Romeo Nanta of Cadiz City was arrested based on warrants for rebellion, robbery-in-band, attempted and frustrated murder.

Nanta headed the Regional Operational Command, also known as the Apolinario Boy Gatmaitan Command, of the Komiteng Rehiyonal-Negros. He also headed the NPA in central Negros, the report said.

It added that Nanta was a third-class Marine trainee before becoming an NPA rebel.

The Visayan Daily Star said the military and police linked Nanta to:
  • the bombing of Globe Telecom towers in Toboso and Cauayan
  • the raid of police and military detachments in Escalante and Toboso in 2006 and 2010
  • burning and bombing of two transloading stations in Toboso and Victorias Milling Company in Victorias City
  • the raid of a police station in La Libertad, Negros Oriental
  • ambush of civilians in Brgy. Salamanca, Toboso
  • the harassment of a detachment in Brgy. Villegas, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental.

    Nanta was arrested by the 62nd Infantry Battalion and the Cadiz City police after several years of surveillance.

    Nanta was transported to the San Carlos City Jail on Monday night.

    In the report, Col. Oscar Lactao, who heads the Army's 303rd Infantry Brigade, said Nanta's arrest was a big blow to the rebel movement in Negros.

    The Visayan Daily Star report cited military and police records showing Nanta was the third top official of the KR-Negros hierarchy, next only to priest-turned-rebel Frank Fernandez and his deputy Cleofe Lagtapon. - VVP, GMA News
  • --------------------------
  • Source


    More Philippine Defense News

    DND wants frigate with 'surface-to-air' missile power

    MANILA, Philippines - Defense spokesperson Peter Paul Galvez announced on Friday that one of the frigates to be acquired by the Philippines will have "surface-to-air" capabilities. That is, the ship will have the capability to fire missiles, guided by radar or heat sensors, at airborne targets.
    "Aside from this, our latest frigate will have heavier gun armament and other equipment that will make it very effective in patrolling and securing the country's waters," Galvez said in Filipino.
    He declined to state the particular country the Philippines will acquire this ship but stressed that acquisition will be done through a government-to-government transaction.
    The Philippines has taken on a new sense of urgency to upgrade its naval capabilities as tensions continue to rise around the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). US President Barack Obama's announced "pivot" for America towards the Pacific has stirred greater naval activity on the p…

    No reduction in AFP manpower size

    THERE will be no reduction in the number of soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines when it implements the streamlining of commands by 2013, a senior officer told the Manila Standard in an exclusive interview.
    “Under the Force Structure Review, there will be streamlining of units but this does not mean reduction in terms of the number of soldiers. In fact, the FSR calls for more recruits in the future,” the source, who requested anonymity, said.
    At present, the military has a total of 125,000 soldiers, of which almost 85,000 are in the Army and the rest in the Navy-Marines and Air Force.
    The FSR calls for an in-depth study of the AFP history in reference to pertinent laws of the land in conjunction with the challenges of internal and external defense.
    The study also calls for the establishment of a strategic command that will focus on external defense where the main force would be the Air Force and Navy.
    On instructions of Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, former military ch…

    Philippine Armored Vehicles with ad-hoc wood slat armor

    While searching for Philippine armored vehicles for the updates being done for both the blog and the Facebook page I chanced upon images of Philippine Army and Marine armor assets covered with thick wood planks as slat armor for protection from rocket propelled grenades. This caught the eyes of Popular Mechanics who published an article last June 8th just for this subject.

    According to the article,
    Wood armor on armored vehicles won't save them from ISIS rockets. Not sure, I'll leave that to the actual reports from the Philippine Military in using wood as an ad hoc protection for rpg's, but yes this is only during emergencies. The Philippine Army and Philippine Marines should employ or use the real add-on armors currently in the market for armored vehicle protection. Or they could just simply buy new thicker-armored vehicles to be used for front-line operations and have the old vehicles to be used in secondary missions or as support vehicles.

    Nonetheless the fast-thinkin…