P1M REWARD FOR 'KA ROGER'

Camp Crame, QC, Jan. 29, 2003 (Star) - The Philippine National Police (PNP) has put up a P1-million reward for information leading to the arrest of New People's Army (NPA) spokesman Gregorio Rosal as police stepped up the campaign against the communist group.

Chief Superintendent Robert Delfin, PNP director for intelligence, said the reward will be given by the police to any person who can give credible information that will lead to the arrest of Rosal, who is better known as "Ka Roger."

The P1-million bounty for Rosal's head is apart from the P90,000 covered by the circular order of the Department of the Interior and Local Government for various warrants of arrest against the rebel spokesman.

Delfin said the PNP is preparing a request for additional funds for putting up the reward against other top CPP-NPA leaders including Benito Tiamson and his wife, Wilma, and other members of the CPP central committee and the political bureau.

Delfin, who has been involved in the arrest of several ranking NPA leaders in the past years, described Wilma Tiamson as the more aggressive one compared to her husband, Benito, who is reportedly the topmost NPA leader in the country.

"Wilma thinks like Joma, although the husband holds the higher post," he said.

Delfin said reviving the rewards system against the top NPA hierarchy will greatly help the PNP in tracking them down.

On the request of Sison in 1992, Delfin said the government canceled all existing reward offers for the arrest of rebel leaders.

"The revival of the reward system can help the police in gathering of information to establish the whereabouts of these rebels," he said.

Delfin admitted the PNP's campaign against the NPA had taken a backseat when the police shifted their focus to fighting criminality and kidnapping. "But there are groups conducting case operations," he said.

Although the PNP is still looking for direct evidence against Rosal in connection with the Jan. 23 slaying of former NPA supremo Romulo Kintanar, Delfin said Rosal should be arrested to face other charges filed against him for atrocities committed by his group.

Delfin showed reporters yesterday recent photographs of Rosal, noting that the spokesman's smooth complexion indicated that he was not living in the jungle.

"He could just be hiding in the urban center in the Southern Tagalog area," Delfin said, adding the photos came from "informants."


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