28 Apr NPA released kidnapped CDO cop in Bukidnon
In a news article posted by Inquirer.net, the NPA captive Cagayan de Oro City Police Officer 2 (PO2) Gerome Anthony Natividad was finally released last April 27, 2017, at Dominorog Village, Talakag, Bukidnon. A video posted on YouTube, where Natividad was with his abductors camp, went out as a message to his family and called on the President’s speedy response last February.
Through Bishop Felixberto Calang of the Iglesia Filipina Independente (IFI), co-convenor of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) and main convenor of Sowing the Seeds of Mindanao Peace in Mindanao, Natividad was turned over by the third party facilitator of NPA custodial force.
The NPA said during the captivation of Natividad that they will only release him if the Philippine Army and Philippine National Police would suspend their operations over suspected rebel hideout areas in Bukidnon. However, the Philippine Army did not take heed of the rebels’ call and left the decision to the kidnappers whether to release Natividad or not.
Prior to the release of the PO2 Natividad, there was a 6-day military stand down declared by the Philippine Army and the city government of Cagayan de Oro, led by Mayor Oscar Moreno. It was divided into two different occasions of the release, three days prior to the handover process and three days after the release has already been made.
Last April 19, 2017, two soldiers have been released by the communist-rebel group namely, Sergeant Solaiman Calocop and Private First Class Samuel Garay.