BACOLOD City – The Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade (303IB) said National Democratic Front (NDF) spokesperson Francisco “Ka Frank” Fernandez has been arraigned for murder after he was arrested in Laguna province in March 2019.
Brigadier Gen. Benedict Arevalo, 303IB commander, said they are still awaiting more charges to be filed against Fernandez although the murder case would already suffice.
He added that it is still possible to file additional charges against Fernandez, and he believes that the reason no one has yet to sue the rebel leader is that most of his alleged criminal activities happened 30 years ago.
“We can only encourage the victims of the [New People’s Army (NPA)] to surface and file charges against him,” Arevalo added.
The Army general earlier urged the victims of the NPA’s atrocities in Negros to surface and file additional charges against the NDF spokesperson.
Arevalo claimed that many innocent people were killed because of Fernandez as he was not only an NDF spokesperson but also a leader of the New People’s Army in Negros Island.
“He is the one who directly gave orders to the rebel combatants as to what they would attack and who they will ambush,” he added.
Arevalo said their current objective with Fernandez is to maintain his health.