NDF consultant Vic Ladlad arrested for illegal possession of firearms

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NDF consultant Vic Ladlad arrested for illegal possession of firearms

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Vicente Ladlad's wife claims the guns and ammunition were planted

MANILA, Philippines – Vicente Ladlad, a consultant of the National Democratic Front (NDF), was arrested on Thursday, November 8, for alleged illegal possession of firearms.

According to the police report, a joint team of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) raided the house where Ladlad was staying in Barangay San Bartolome in Novaliches, Quezon City.

Two others, identified by cops as Ladlad’s staff members, were also taken under police custody.

The raiding team said they recovered various rifles, pistols, ammunition, and grenades from Ladlad and his companions.

They were turned over to the Quezon City Police District at around 6 am on Thursday.

In an interview inside Camp Bagong Diwa, Ladlad’s wife Fides said her husband was innocent. She claimed that the firearms were planted as part of the government’s crackdown on communists since the peace talks with communist rebels bogged down under President Rodrigo Duterte.

The NDF is the political arm of the Communist Party of the Phiilippines. – Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.