Military hunts down NPA after release of POWs
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Government troops resume their operations against the communist rebel New People’s Army in southern Philippines following the recent release of two captured policemen and two soldiers.
Communist insurgents have freed the prisoners of war following appeals made by their families and religious groups.
Authorities said SPO3 Warren Coñales, of the Impasug-ong Police Station in Bukidnon province and PO3 Edwin Castor, of the Wao Police Station in Lanao del Sur province were released last week along with Privates First Class Devin Tawide and Glenn Austria.
The policemen and soldiers had been released separately through Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, of Cagayan de Oro Archdiocese and Bishop Felixberto Calang, of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente who acted as third party facilitator for the safe release of the prisoners of war in Bukidnon and Agusan del Sur.
They were captured by the New People’s Army which is fighting for decades now for the establishment of a Maoist state - in separate operations in the provinces.
The freed security personnel have been restricted to their camps until they finish the routine debriefing by their commanders.