For PAMANGGAS secretary general Cris Chavez,however, Allesa’s arrest was part of the Duterte administration’s crackdown onprogressive groups “sa tuyo ngapagpahipos, pagpatapna sang mga kritiko nga nagasulong sang mga lehitimo ngamga issues.” Operatives of the Iloilo Police ProvincialOffice (IPPO) raided Allesa’s house and reported having recovered a grenade. “Angprogresibong kahublagan magapadayon sa pag tib-ong sang kinamatarong sangpumoluyo,” said Chavez./PN Allesa denied owning the grenade and Chavezasserted it was “planted.” ILOILO City – Activists in this city andIloilo province expect more arrests from their ranks following the apprehensionof a former barangay captain of Bolo, Maasin, Iloilo. Activists call for the release of colleague Herman Allesa who was arrested in Maasin, Iloilo. Operatives of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office raided Allesa’s house and reported having recovered a grenade. Allesa had served as treasurer of the peasant group PAMANGGAS Panay and Guimaras. He was arrested on Nov. 10, 2019 by policemen as one of several John Does charged for the June 2017 New People’s Army raid of the Maasin police station. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The government is mistaken to believe thatAllesa’s arrest would silence activists, he stressed. Herman Allesa (not Alliza as previously reported)had served as treasurer of the peasant group PAMANGGAS Panay and Guimaras. Hewas arrested on Nov. 10 by policemen as one of several John Does charged forthe June 2017 New People’s Army raid of the Maasin police station. PAMANGGAS would be contesting Allesa’s arrest,said Chavez. “Mayde facto martial law nga nagaluntad sa aton,” added Chavez.