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LOOK: Babaeng NPA Nahuli sa Abra

The Department of National Defense (DND) on Sunday said the female New People’s Army (NPA) member arrested after a firefight in Abra last week is a distant relative of Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s wife.

In GMA news report Lt. Col. Thomas Dominic Baluga, commanding officer of the Army’s 24th Infantry Battalion, initially identified the female NPA member as Adriel Dawn Aguilar Aquino, who seized after being wounded in a gunfight between troops and at least 30 rebels’ in Barangay Kilong-olao, around 3:30 p.m.

Arsenio Andolong, DND public affairs chief, said there have been reports that Aquino was a relative of the Defense chief.

“Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is not related to arrested NPA amazon Adriel Dawn Aguilar Aquino, contrary to what was intimated in some news reports,” Andolong said.

According to Lorenzana, Aquino must be treated as a regular NPA member who had been arrested by the authorities despite her relations to the secretary’s wife.

Troops recovered three M16 rifles, two M14 rifles, an M203 grenade launcher, 15 backpacks, two hand-held radios and eight cellular phones.

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