Regional Trial Court Branch 165 in Brooke’s Point municipality orders the arrest of Absolom Jerome “Absie” Eligio. (Photo courtesy of Western Command.)

A Palawan court has ordered the arrest of alleged New People’s Army (NPA) member Absolom Jerome “Absie” Eligio and two others for rebellion.

Presiding judge Ramon Chito R. Mendoza of the Regional Trial Court Branch 165 in the municipality of Brooke’s Point also included in the warrant he issued on November 6, 2019, Ronces Paragoso alias “Aiza”, and Charity Diño alias “Ka Rise”.

No bail was recommended for the three accused.

Western Command (WESCOM) spokesperson Lt. Col. Stephen Penetrante on Wednesday said that the warrant was issued following the criminal case filed by the Palawan Task Force-Ending the Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC).

Penetrante also warned that a “manhunt” will be set in place if Eligio will not heed their call to surrender.

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“Na-corroborate ‘yong kaso base sa recovered documents. Nakita din siya sa video, establishing his affiliation, and he was also singled out by the surrenderees,” he said.

The “recovered documents” identified Eligio as one of the “financial collectors” in charge of collecting revolutionary tax funding the leftist movement.

“Upon close consideration ng case na ifi-file, doon kasi sa southern Palawan ang violation niya,” he said.

Meanwhile, Paragoso was in custody after her earlier indictment for two other crimes, leaving Eligio and Diño at large.

 

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