The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) lauds the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for the arrest of CPP Central Committee Member Vicente 'Vic' Ladlad, and two other suspects, for illegal possession of firearms.
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año says that the arrest proves that no one, whatever your status is in the society, is above the law and congratulates the PNP for their hard work and vigilance leading to the significant arrest.
"No one is above the law. Kapag ikaw ay nagkamali, it is imperative that the laws of the land be imposed as it was deemed so. He and his cohorts, were found to be in possession of high-caliber firearms which is clearly in violation of the law," Año says.
"Kahit sino man pong indibidwal na mahulihan ng ganitong kataas na kalibre ng mga baril at napatunayang lumabag sa batas ay huhulihin at mapaparusahan," he adds.
The DILG Secretary also says that the arrest demonstrates a classic case of "a wolf in a sheep's clothing" stating that Ladlad who was also National United Front Commission head pretended to be an advocate of peace yet they took up arms against the government and espoused violence.
"Finally, the long arm of the law has caught Mr Ladlad. He has been avoiding incarceration by claiming that he is a “peace consultant” and a JASIG-protected person," he said.
He says that prior to this arrest, Ladlad has constantly eluded being taken into police custody by jumping bail despite the 15 counts of murder cases filed before Branch 32 of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Manila.
"We are not at all shocked of his possession of high-caliber firearms. Kung titingnan mo ang background ng mga ito, you will see that they have been working to oust the government and our democratic way of life," he explains.
Ladlad was also charged with multiple counts of murder charges for his involvement in the National People's Army's "Oplan Venereal Disease" which was linked to the mass grave discovered on August 2006 at Sitio Sapang Dako, Barangay Culisihan, Inopacan, Leyte.
According to Año, Ladlad together with Antonio De Jesus and a certain 'Ate Anna' violated Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition and were arrested by virtue of a search warrant issued by RTC Branch 89 of the National Capital Judicial Region in a safehouse located at Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City.
Among the high-caliber firearms recovered were Russia SKS (AK 47 with bayonet); Elisco Assault Rifle; Cal. 45 Colt MK IV series 80; Cal. 9mm pistol; Colt Cal. 45 pistol; and hand grenades.
The arrested personalities were also found to possess subversive documents and other electronic equipment.
Año also says that the apprehended personalities are currently undergoing proper documentation and filing of criminal charges and assures the public that they will given their day in court.
"Tinitiyak po namin sa ating mga kababayan na ang mga nasakoteng mga indibidwal ay sasailalim sa patas na pagsisiyasat sa ilalim ng ating Saligang Batas, gaya ng sinumang mamamayan," he says.