Suspect in the Inopacan Massacre in the 80s nabbed
Suspect in the Inopacan Massacre in the 80s nabbed

BiliranIsland.com Staff
BiliranIsland.com
First Posted 09:18:00 AM 08/14/2020

Naval, Biliran— An alleged high profile female member of the CPP/NPA who was among those tagged in the gruesome Inopacan Massacre in the 1980s was arrested by joint forces from different police offices in the region about 5:15 in the afternoon on Wednesday (Aug. 12) in Sitio Bigaa, San Pablo here.

Biliran Provincial Police Office Director Colonel Julius Coyme identified the suspect as Luzviminda Orillo y Omapas, a.k.a. Remy, 54, married, jobless and a resident of the said place.

The arrest of the suspect was by virtue of a Warrant of Arrest dated August 28, 2019, under Criminal Case Numbers 08-262362 (Formerly H-1581) and 14-306533 – 14-306546 for 15 counts of MURDER issued by Thelma Bunyi-Medina, Presiding Judge of National Capital Judicial Region, RTC, Branch 32, Manila with No bail recommended.

The police said that the arrest was a result of a case build up and a long surveillance of the suspect, who seems to have lived a simple living in the barangay. But her alleged actuation while she was still involved in the underground cannot be forgotten as the family of the victims in the Inopacan still cried for justice about their loved one who died at the hands of the terrorist New People’s Army.

Orillo was an alleged member of NPA operating in Leyte and Southern Leyte Provinces, who was involved in NPA Operation Code Name “Operation Venereal Disease” that massacred more or less 67 people sometime in the year 1985 and buried in a mass grave at Mt Sapang Dako, Brgy Kaulisihan, Inopacan, Leyte, which was discovered on August 26, 2006 by the Army.

“Operation Venereal Disease” was reportedly the purging of their sympathizers who has been suspected of transferring their support to the military.

Col. Coyme of the BPPO commends the operating troops for the success of the operation that resulted to the arrest of Orillo. He said that the arrest of the high profile suspect will serve as a warning to other criminals, that they have no place in the Province.

“Our Police Force is in all-out campaign against terrorism and campaign to End Local Communist Armed Conflict despite this pandemic and we will make sure to bring them before the court of law,” Col. Cuyme stressed.

On the other hand PNP PRO8 Regional Director Bernabe Mendoza Balba lauded the operating teams under the leadership of Police Col Julius M Coyme for a job well done.

The arrested suspect is temporarily languishing at the Naval Police Station while awaiting for the proper time to bring her to the court in Manila that issued the Warrant of Arrest. – BiliranIsland.com

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