‘Love triangle’ led to NPA arrest in Tagum City, says military


A female alleged member of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) was arrested over a “love triangle” after she was exposed by the live-in partner of her husband in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, military said.

The Philippine Army’s 71st Infantry Battalion nabbed Merlyn C. Escasinas, also known as Venus, 35, recently, said Lt. Col. Esteveyn Ducusin, commanding officer of the 71st IB.

The official said Escasinas was apprehended pursuant to a standing warrant of arrest issued by the 11th Judicial Region, Regional Trial Court Branch 3, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley for alleged serious illegal detention in 2014.

Escasinas is the legal wife of NPA commander Jury Escasinas, alias Jupiter, who is heading the Milisya ng Bayan Cluster Command (MBCC) of Weakened Guerrilla Front 2 (WGF2).

She was apprehended in front of Davao Regional Medical Center in Tagum City after certain Chang, the live-in partner of her husband, divulged her whereabouts to 71st IB.

Ducusin recalled that Chang surrendered to him on All Souls’ Day upon realizing that the government is “truthful” in welcoming the rebels who would like to return to the folds of law. #