Joint PNP and AFP teams arrested the alleged secretary general of the communist rebels in Panay Island on Saturday, August 1, 2015.
Members of PNP Western Visayas and AFP arrested Maria Concepcion AranetaBocala, 64 years oldalso known as “Concha/Meryl/Etang/ Martha“atabout 6:15 in the morning at her temporary residence in Juntado Subdivision,Brgy. Calumpang,Molo, Iloilo City.
She was arrested due to Warrant of Arrest for the crime of murder and rebellion with no bail recommended in both cases.
Police Chief Superintendent Bernardo A. Diaz, Regional Director of PRO6 said that authorities have been looking forBocala for almost 2 decades and now they have succeeded in arresting her.
Bocala was allegedly the CPP-NPA-NDF Secretary General of KomitengRehiyon Panay and listed in the joint DND/DILG Reward list #14-2012 dated November 12, 2012 with reward money amounting to Php7.8 million.
During the arrest of Bocala, authorities were able to seize from the suspect’s premises the following items: 1 fragmentation grenade, 1 caliber 45 pistol, 1 22 caliber pistol, assorted ammos, 1 laptop, 13 cellphones, 9 external PC hard drives with floppy disk and 1 binacular.
Said person was in the company of her nephew Joseph BocalaCariaga and AnnielynSoldevilladuring the arrest.
Meanwhile, arrested persons are now under the custody of CIDG6 for proper disposition.
(Police Chief Superintendent Bernardo Austria Diaz (second from the right), regional director of PRO6 pinned the MedalyangKagalingan to Police Superintendent Antonietto Y. Canete (left), one of the awardees during the Monday Flag Raising ceremony at Camp Delgado, Iloilo City.)
Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6)under the leadership of Police Chief Superintendent Bernardo Austria Diaz, Regional Director lauded Sipalay and Himamaylan City police for their noteworthy achievement in the conduct of illegal drug bust operation in Negros Occidental.
The Medalya ng Kagalingan or the PNP Medal of Merit was awarded to the members of Sipalay City Police Station headed by their Chief of Police, Police Superintendent Luisito G. Acebuche.
To note, Superintendent Acebuche and his men nabbed Richard Edar during a buy-bust operation in Brgy.2 Sipalay City Negros Occidental last July 9, 2015.
The operation resulted to the recovery of fifteen sachets of suspected shabu weighing 300 grams with estimated market value of Php 1.8 million pesos.
Meanwhile, the same award was also given to members of Himamaylan City Police Office led by Police Superintendent Antonietto Y. Canete and his men for yielding a suspected shabu worth 1.8 million pesos and firearms during their illegal drug-bust operation in Himamaylan City.
Diaz said that, “Karapat-dapatponamabigyanng award angatingmgakapulisanna nag-tatrabahong tama lalong-lalonasapagsugpong illegal drugs.”
The awarding ceremony coincided with the traditional Monday Flag Raising ceremony at PRO-6 Parade Ground, Camp Martin Delgado, Iloilo City on July 27.
Police Chief Superintendent Bernardo A. Diaz (right), regional director of PRO6, Police Chief Superintendent Marietto M. Valerio (left), Deputy Regional Director for Administration and Police Senior Superintendent Cornelio R. Salinas, Provincial Director of IPPO (center), inspected the bricks of suspected dried marijuana leaves seized during the buy-bust operation conducted by members of Iloilo Police Provincial Office-Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (IPPO-PAIDSOTG) at Pavia, Iloilo.