When Rafael Baylosis was arrested last week over several charges including an illegal position of firearms, supporters of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and several activist organizations in the country cried for justice.
His arrest made headlines while progressive groups blame President Rodrigo Duterte for his order to arrest all NDF (National Democratic Front) consultants.
But who is Rafael Baylosis anyway and why his arrest is making noise?
We did the Internet and find some interesting facts about him.
At 18 years old and student of UP-Diliman, Baylosis became a student activist and befriended with the then 21-year old future NDF founder Jose Maria Sison.
Former President Ferdinand Marcos found out that Baylosis was allegedly the Secretary-General of CPP thrown him into jail. He was released in 1995.
After his release, the former activist leader-turned communist became the vice-chairman of Anakpawis National Political Party, and a consultant on socio-economic concerns in the peace negotiations between the National Democratic Front (NDF), and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP).
Baylosis also became the political affairs secretary of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) a radical labor union in the Philippines.
Some accounts about Baylosis says that he is a father and a loving husband. He loves music and is a good cook.
Well-known to his comrades a Ka Raffy, is a good friend of former KMU leader and prominent labor personality, the late Crispin Beltran.
After President Rodrigo Duterte ordered to arrest all people connected to communist rebels in the country, Rafael Baylosis is the very first person to be arrested.
Rafael Baylosis and his companion, Guillermo Roque, were arrested on a tip at a busy intersection in Quezon City on Wednesday in a joint operation of the police and military intelligence, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Chief Supt. John Bulalacao said.
Bulalacao described the 69-year-old Baylosis as the “acting secretary” of the CPP’s guerrilla wing, the New People’s Army (NPA).
Police said the two rebels yielded automatic pistols tucked in their waists when they were arrested by a team of police and military operatives.
Baylosis was the first ranking rebel leader to be captured since the government ended peace talks with the CPP-NPA late last year.
While his comrades decried foul on his arrest, several thousands of families of NPA victims around the country lauded the authority for the capture of one of the leaders of the country’s fierce terrorist group.
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