THE University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu alumna arrested along with her five companions in Mabinay, Negros Oriental is not a member of the communist New People's Army (NPA), the National Democratic Front-Negros said.
In a statement, NDF-Negros spokesperson Frank Fernandez claimed there was no encounter as claimed by the 62nd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army.
He also claimed that the high-powered firearms that were allegedly recovered from the six young men and women were planted.
Read: Full statement of NDF-Negros
NDF is the political arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines while the NPA is the armed wing.
Fernandez identified the UP Cebu alumna as Myles Albasin.
"Si Myles Albasin kag ang iban nga mga kaupdanan nga pamatan-on indi mga membro sang NPA (Myles Albasin and her companions are not members of the NPA)," he stated.
Fernandez said the group was in Mabinay town to conduct a social investigation into the conditions of the farmers.
The military earlier said the six suspected members of the NPA were arrested after an armed encounter in Mabinay on March 3. (SunStar Philippines)