Militants on Friday staged a rally at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters in Manila, and called for the release of Andrea Rosal, daughter of Ka Roger, or Gregorio Rosal, the former spokesman for the Southern Luzon Command of the communist New People’s Army (NPA).
Rosal, who is eight months pregnant, was arrested together with several others in a house in Barangay 169 in Caloocan City, Metro Manila, on Thursday by combined elements of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (Isafp) and NBI’s Anti-Organized Group Division.
The 50 protesters said her arrest was illegal.
The militants also expressed disappointment after their paralegal team was not allowed to see Rosal.
She is allegedly the current secretary of the NPA’s Southern Luzon Command.
Rosal was arrested the other day by virtue of an arrest warrant for kidnapping and murder.
Also known as Naiya or Liam, she was arrested together with a barangay chairman, Ruben Gatchalian, allegedly an active member of the Anakpawis Party-list, and a certain Rafael de Guzman.
Rosal denied all the charges lodged against her. She also neither confirmed nor denied her membership in the Communist Party of the Philippines (CCP).
Her arrest came after two CPP-NPA top leaders, couple Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, were caught on March 22 in Cebu. They are now in the custody of the Philippine National Police in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
Ka Roger died in 2011 of a lingering illness. He became popular in the 1980s when he was freely interviewed by the media, including radio and television networks, while eluding arrest.
The number of CPP-NPA active members was said to have decreased to 5,000 from 26,000 in the late 1980s.