Batangas: Criminal cases have been filed against 20 suspected rebels, including a female member of the Morong 43, at the provincial prosecutors office yesterday for allegedly burning eight buses in Lemery town on Sunday morning.
Senior Supt. Omega Jireh Fidel, Batangas police director, said cases of arson and robbery were filed against a certain Janice Javier, an alleged member of the New People’s Army (NPA) and tagged as one of the Morong 43.
Javier was positively identified by the witnesses in the rogue’s gallery showed by the Lemery police, Supt. Isagani Fetizanan, deputy provincial director for operations, said.
The Morong 43 is a group of health workers accused of cooperating with the NPA and
were arrested in Morong, Rizal for possession of firearms and explosives.
Several members of the Morong 43 were tagged by police as members of the NPA including one Ramon/Romeo dela Cruz who died in an encounter with the Philippine Army in Barangay Kabayunan, Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan on August 9, 2013 .
Besides Javier, also included in the complaint sheet were 19 John Does with one male suspect who was identified through a composite facial sketch.
Fidel said the cases against the suspects were filed at the office of Provincial Prosecutor Maria Lourdes Zapanta in Batangas City.
On Thursday, the Batangas police released the two computerized facial composites of suspected rebels tagged in the burning of 8 buses inside the Jam Liner, Inc. terminal in Barangay Palanas, Lemery town.
“They [witnesses]clearly described the suspects because they’re not wearing any facial mask when they hauled all the bus employees inside the covered area” Fidel said.
One of the suspects was described as a skinny man, around 5 feet 7inches tall,, bearded, and between 38 and 40 years old.
The other suspect was described as a woman between 30 to 40 years old, around 5’3” tall, of medium build and she was later identified by the witnesses as Janice Javier.