Alleged rebel leader to face trial in Dumaguete-A A +A
Thursday, October 18, 2012
THE suspected rebel leader earlier arrested in Cebu by the joint team from the police and military was sent to Dumaguete City last week to face the case filed against him in court.
Calixto Vistal, 39, was accused of killing barangay tanod Basilio Casido in May 2009.
Lt. Col. Christopher Tampus, Central Command (CentCom) spokesperson, said that Vistal allegedly shot dead Casido while a barangay session was held in Siaton, Negros Oriental. The alleged killing was witnessed by the Barangay Council.
Vistal, who was arrested in Barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City, was presented to Regional Trial Court Branch 32 Judge Roderick Maxino in Dumaguete.
His live-in partner Jimmylisa Badayos, 36, who was also arrested during the operation, stayed in Cebu City. She was arrested after the operatives allegedly found a fragmentation grenade and a caliber .38 revolver with four bullets on the cylinder inside her shoulder bag.
The partners are allegedly affiliated with the Komiteng Rehiyon Sentral Bisayas based in Negros Oriental.
Tampus claimed that Vistal and Badayos came to Cebu to hide after their group’s force reportedly has gotten weaker.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 18, 2012.