Sus­pected rebels seize 2 cops

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MANILA -- Two po­lice per­son­nel were ab­ducted in Suri­gao del Norte on Mon­day af­ter­noon by armed men be­lieved to be mem­bers of the com­mu­nist New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA), a mil­i­tary of­fi­cial said Tues­day.

Ma­jor Ezra Balagtey, spokesper­son of East­ern Min­danao Com­mand, said the two po­lice­men were forcibly taken by around 20 armed men on board two white vans with­out li­cense plate around 1:35 p.m. on Mon­day, Novem­ber 13.

The names of the po­lice­men, both mem­bers of the Placer Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Sta­tion, have been

with­held. They were on duty at the po­lice out­post in Bad-as Pub­lic Mar­ket when the ab­duc­tion took place.

Balagtey said gov­ern­ment forces were con­duct­ing search and res­cue op­er­a­tion. Po­lice have yet to iden­tify the NPA re­spon­si­ble for the ab­duc­tion.

“This in­ci­dent runs counter to the spirit of peace talks that every­one is push­ing (for),” said Balagtey.

The peace talks be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the com­mu­nist rebels are in limbo. Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte said in July that there will be no more ne­go­ti­a­tions fol­low­ing the in­ten­si­fied at­tacks by rebels in re­sponse to the martial law pro­claimed in Min­danao.

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