CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The New People’s Army (NPA) lastly launched a police officer it held captive for greater than two months in Barangay Dominorog, Talakag on Thursday midday, a church chief mentioned.
Bishop Felixberto Calang of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) mentioned Police Officer 2 Gerome Anthony Natividad, was turned over unhurt and in fantastic form to the third-party facilitator by the NPA custodial drive.
Calang is the co-convenor of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) and predominant convenor of Sowing the Seeds of Peace in Mindanao, two organizations that brokered Natividad’s freedom.
He mentioned Natividad seemed to be in good well being as his household met him throughout the launch in Dominorog village.
“There was no scratch on him. He was mentally alert. The NPA custodial force has assured us that PO2 Natividad was not hurt in the entire time that he was in captivity,” Calang instructed the Philippine Daily Inquirer in an interview Thursday afternoon.
Calang mentioned the third-party facilitator turned Natividad over to the native authorities officers of Kalilangan city in Bukidnon and he was escorted and dropped at the Talakag municipal police workplace the place he had been assigned previous to his kidnapping.
Natividad was taken by the NPA fighters on Feb. 9 as they arrange a roadblock in Barangay Tikalaan, Talakag, Bukidnon.
The NPA earlier mentioned it might solely launch Natividad if the Philippine Army and the Philippine National Police would briefly suspended their operations in dozens of villages in Bukidnon.
In an announcement, the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division refused to declare a suspension of army operation, saying it might depart it as much as the NPA to launch the policeman on their very own volition.
In a gathering, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno, head of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC), and the third-party facilitator had proposed that the army order a “stand down” of its troops for six days in the world the place the discharge was to happen, by means of the “Expression of Aspiration” doc signed by Moreno.
“The Military Forces now stationed in the Northern and Central Bukidnon areas will remain in their respective areas and refrain from conducting offensive operations that will jeopardize the safe release and handover process,” learn a part of the doc.
“We drew up a plan for the military stand-down three days prior and three days after the date of the release to avoid any encounter between the NPA custodial force and government soldiers,” he added.
He mentioned the 4ID, by means of Col. Jesse Alvarez, the assistant division commander, had agreed to the concept and it was then relayed to the native National Democratic Front chapter.
Calang mentioned the NPA acceded to the plan that the communist rebels’ custodial drive be given protected passage for six days in the event that they push by means of with the discharge.
On April 19, two troopers captured by communist rebels practically three months in the past had been launched to their households in Matanao, Davao del Sur.
The launch of Sergeant Solaiman Calocop and Private First Class Samuel Garay was seen to additional bolster the on-going peace talks between the federal government and insurgents.
The two troopers had been snatched by NPA rebels as they had been heading again to their camp in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat in February.
Ka Marcelo Dilaab, the spokesperson of the NPA’s Mt. Alip Sub-regional Committee, mentioned the troopers had been freed based mostly on an order given by the regional government council of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the national operations command of the NPA.
The insurgent spokesperson mentioned the 2 prisoners of conflict (POWs) had been additionally freed on humanitarian grounds based mostly on the Geneva Convention.
“It also showed NDFP’s affirmation and positive response to the widespread calls of organizations and individuals for a negotiated settlement with respect to the issue of POWs,” Dilaab mentioned, quoting the order signed by NPA regional chief Efren Aksasato.
The launch got here even because the army refused to heed the rebels’ name for a declaration of a suspension of army operations (SOMOs) and suspension of offensive police operations (SOPO) in areas the place the discharge was earlier deliberate, the insurgent spokesperson mentioned. (With experiences from Frinston Lim, Inquirer Mindanao, INQ) SFM/rga
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