MANILA, Philippines – Police arrested National Democratic Front (NDF) consultant Rafael Baylosis because of illegal possession of firearms and nothing more, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said on Thursday, February 1.
Dela Rosa made the statement amid the allegations of leftist leaders and groups that Baylosis was arrested over "trumped up charges" and that the act could be seen as a form of "harassment."
"According to CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) nagresearch sila. Si Rafael Baylosis ay walang standing warrant of arrest. Inaresto siya on the basis of illegal possession of firearms. Nakitaan siya ng baril sa kanyang possession," Dela Rosa said in a press briefing in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.
(According to the CIDG, they did research. They found that Rafael Baylosis had no standing warrant of arrest. He was arrested on the basis of illegal possession of firearms. He was found with a gun in his possession.)
The top cop admitted, however, that security forces gave special attention to Baylosis since he is a personality of "the other side."
"Kilala siya na personality ng kabila. Binabantayan siya, minomonitor siya, nakitaan siya ng baril, hinuli (He is a known personality of the other side. He was under surveillance, he was being monitored, he was seen with a gun, he was arrested)."
Dela Rosa denied that President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered them to arrest NDF consultants following the termination of the peace negotiations, though the Chief Executive had already said as early as December 6, 2017, that he would order the "mass arrest" of NDF consultants.
Cops nabbed Baylosis and a certain Guillermo Roque Wednesday afternoon near Aurora Boulevard corner Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City.
Baylosis is believed to be a former key leader of the CPP.
Baylosis' arrest has caused a ripple as he was the first NDF consultant to be rearrested since Duterte ended the peace talks. – Rappler.com
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.