Duterte meets cop freed by NPA

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By EDITH REGALADO – With Christina Mendez

DAVAO CITY – Pres­i­dent Duterte re­ceived last night the po­lice­man who was freed by New Peo­ple’s Army rebels last Fri­day af­ter be­ing held cap­tive for three months.

The Pres­i­dent wel­comed Se­nior Po­lice Of­fi­cer 2 Ge­orge Canete Rupinta at the Matina En­claves here.

Rupinta was turned over by the NPA rebels to lo­cal of­fi­cials in Com­postela Val­ley.

The re­lease of Rupinta took place af­ter the sus­pen­sion of peace ne­go­ti­a­tions between the gov­ern­ment and the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines/Na­tional Demo­cratic Front.

Rupinta was ac­com­pa­nied by his wife and only son dur­ing the meet­ing with the Pres­i­dent last night.

The po­lice­man was cap­tured by the NPA’s Pu­lang Ba­gani Com­pany and the Ger­ilya Front 18 last June 9 in the town of Lupon, Davao Ori­en­tal.

The NPA rebels placed Rupinta un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion “for the anti-peo­ple ac­tiv­i­ties of his po­lice unit in Lupon.”

Rupinta re­port­edly had an ill­ness, which was a ma­jor con­cern of his fam­ily while he was in cap­tiv­ity.

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