‘Show proof, not talk’

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Quezon City Police Director Chief Supt. Joselito Esquivel on Monday said Fides Lim should substantiate charges against the team that arrested her husband, communist leader Vic Ladlad, last week if she has evidence linking police with the unauthorized use of Ladlad’s bank card.

Lim claimed to have discovered attempted withdrawals from Ladlad’s bank account through an automated teller machine or ATM after she received a digital notification from the bank branch where the Maoist leader saved the compensation he received as a martial law victim.
Lim claimed personal items seized from Ladlad included a Landbank Visa debit card. She also denied Ladlad kept guns.

But Ladlad, a consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), was arrested Thursday night in Novaliches, Quezon City for illegal possession of firearms. The PNP also presented a number of high-powered firearms allegedly seized from him.

Esquivel, however, stressed Lim should file a formal complaint against the raiding team to prove her claims.

“It’s better if they would give us details so we can investigate this deeply. They are hurling allegations into thin air, but they do not want to file a complaint,” Esquivel said.

He added that only firearms and documents were seized from Ladlad during the operation. It was also witnessed by barangay officials and homeowners.

Esquivel also noted Lim earlier claimed her cellphone was also stolen by the officers. It was later found in her lawyer’s bag.

The communist leader’s wife may face charges for blocking a police car transferring her husband to a police camp, PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde earlier said.

Albayalde also maintained there was nothing anomalous about Ladlad’s arrest. Lim claimed the police planted evidence in their home.

Lim said her husband’s arrest was aimed at derailing the possible resumption of peace negotiations with government.

“There really is a strong pull coming from the hawks, who really don’t want peace on the table,” Lim said. “They are creating, manufacturing, fabricating incidents like the arrest on my husband on the basis of planted evidence to stop the doves or the mood of the moment from having peace talks.”

She also noted Ladlad’s work “has always been political” as he is not a member of the NDF’s armed wing, the New People’s Army.

“He is ready to face the charges against him because they are all fabricated,” she said.

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the arrest of all NDF consultants after peace talks between government and communist rebels deteriorated last year due to alleged continuing rebel attacks on state troops.

Ladlad was the third NDF consultant arrested in recent months after Adelberto Silva and Rafael Baylosis.

Duterte bared on Saturday that NDF negotiator Fidel Agcaoili and senior adviser Jalandoni have sought a meeting with him.

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