Felomino D. Salazar Jr., with aliases Jun Salazar, Lino Salazar and Celso, who is an alleged purge executioner directed by the CPP Central Committee purposely to cleanse its ranks of suspected government agents was arrested July 14 in Brgy Tinago, Inopacan, Leyte, Philippine Army 802nd Infantry Brigade (802IB) reported. 802IB said Salazar is an EXECOM member of CPP-NPA Southern Leyte Front.
The arrest was carried out by Joint Task Force “TANDAYA” – an AFP-PNP Task Force covering the provinces of Biliran, Leyte and Southern Leyte – armed with warrant of arrest issued by Branch 32, Regional Trial Court of the National Capital Judicial Region for fifteen (15) counts of murder committed during the infamous CPP-NPA purging activities in the late 1980’s dubbed as “Operation Anti-Venereal Disease”.
802IB said Salazar was then part of the dreaded CPP-NPA Intel Group whose main task during the implementation of the “Operation Anti-Venereal Disease” was to identify, arrest, investigate and execute suspected government informants within their organization.
According to 802IB, Salazar said “Nagsurender na ako kay mayor,” and that he was expecting for his arrest, “pero wala akong regrets dahil proud ako na nagserbisyo sa bayan sa ilalim ng kilusan.”
“Salazar was immediately brought to CIDG Station in Ormoc City for documentation and to undergo the proper booking procedure,” 802IB said.