26 Apr NPA Free 5 Cops, Held 11 Other Captives
The New People’s Army handed over to Davao City mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte 5 policemen on Monday.
They are Chief Inspector Leonardo V. Tarungoy, PO3 Rosenie L. Cabuenas, PO3 Rudolf Y. Pacete, PO3 Abdul Azis A. Ali Jr., and PO2 Neil C. Arellano. The release has been propelled by the “humanitarian consideration to the appeals of peace-loving organizations acting on behalf of the families and relatives of the prisoners of war,” said Rubi Del Mundo, the National Democratic Front (NDFP) spokesperson.
They were held hostage on April 16 on an attack in Salapawan, a village under Davao City’s Paquibato district where the 72nd Infantry Battalion is assigned.
Before the release, videos of the hostages has been shown where they are appealing to the government to halt the simultaneous military attack in Davao, trembling they would be killed had it continued.
“The entire revolutionary movement in Southern Mindanao and the whole of the Philippines congratulate the 1st Pulang Bagani Battalion in their safe custody of the five POWs in the face of the so-called rescue operations of government troops in Paquibato, Davao City,” said Del Mundo.
The release happened on the 43rd anniversary of the National Democratic Front. NDFP is a coalition that has been striving for decades to create a separate communist state in the country.
While the success of the recent release of those 5 valuable cops in Davao city is a victory to be cherished, there are still 11 captives that have been possessed by the group that has yet to be released.