A suspected New People's Army leader with a P2.3-million bounty was arrested by government security forces in Batangas on Monday, a police report said.
The suspect was identified by Bicol regional police spokesman Supt. Renato Bataller as Ramon Ariente, a married 53-year-old, who also goes by the aliases Ka Ramon Arente/Susing/Fausto/Butch. Ariente was born in Camarines Sur.
An operation by agents from the Bicol Regional Intelligence Unit and regional police, as well as by the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Region V, led to Ariente’s nabbing, which was based on a warrant of arrest for murder.
According to Bataller, Ariente is the region’s most wanted person. The reward for his arrest was based on a joint memorandum circular in 2012 by the Department of National Defense and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
Ariente was described as being the current political officer of Komite Seksyon sa Iskwad (KSSI) I, Kilusang Sangay sa Platun (KSPN) 86, Front Committee (FC) 71.
He was also said to be an executive committee member of the Camarines Norte Provincial Party Committee and the Romulo Jallores Command.
Bataller said Ariente is now under the custody of the Bicol RIU. — with Gian C. Geronimo/RSJ, GMA News