“We have been looking for him for morethan a year already. He used fictitious names,” said Delima. Maasin is some 25 kilometers fromIloilo City. The rebels were long gone when troops from the RegionalPublic Safety Battalion (RPSB) of the PRO-6 reached the police station togetherwith Senior Superintendent Christopher Tambungan, then the deputy regionaldirector for operations. Witnessessaid the rebels fled toward the town of Alimodian./PN The daring, broad daylight June 18,2017 incursion on the Maasin police station was swift. Within 15 minutesbeginning around 10:30 a.m., the rebels shanghaied eight M16 rifles, four Glock .9mmpistols, five handheld radios and their base, two laptops, P29,000 cash, andjewelry. The other policemen of the stationwere not around during the raid. Judge Tonongbanua set the suspect’sbail bond at P40,000 for his temporary liberty. According to Police Captain DadjeDelima, Janiuay police chief, Suarez belonged to the NPA-Komiteng Rehiyon-Panaysouthern and central fronts and used the aliases “Ka Fred” and “Ka Dennis”. Therebels did not harm the nine police officers present at the police station buthandcuffed them. They also used the police station’s patrol car to flee. Before leaving the police station, therebels – numbering between 40 to 50 – distributed statements to residentsexplaining the raid. ILOILO City – A suspected member ofthe New People’s Army (NPA) linked to the rebel raid of the police station ofMaasin, Iloilo in June 2017 was arrested in Barangay Aquino Nobleza West,Janiuay, Iloilo on Jan. 26 at around 7 p.m. The arrest warrant for the crime ofrebellion was issued by Judge Judith Orendain-Tonogbanua of the Regional TrialCourt (RTC), Branch 20 in Mabusao, Capiz. Karma John Suarez, 34, of BarangayConaynay, Santa Barbara, Iloilo, was taken to the Janiuay police station.