CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – Furious and disheartened Mayor Salvacion S Azarcon of the Municipality of Lanuza, Surigao del
Sur condemned the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) for kidnapping her innocent constituents, including minors, last May 30, 2019.

In an official statement she expressed, “I am furiously condemning this act of terrorism of the NPAs with no respect to Human Rights and the International Humanitarian Law.” “The Lanuzanons are disheartened by this heartless incident especially that children aged 8 to 12 years old were also included, a clear violation of RA 7610 (Strong deterrence and Special Protection Against Child Abuse, exploitation and Discrimination and for Other Purposes),” she added.

Azarcon also asked her contituents, “Let us not tolerate any acts of terrorism such as this to happen again in our locality.” The brave mayor further demanded to the CNTs, “Release the kidnapped victims and let the people of Sitio Ibuan live in peace. Their families are worried, weary and depressed.”

It can be recalled the last May 30, seven (7) innocent civilians who were identified as Ryard Badiang, 24 y/o, married, Wendil Delicuna, 25 y/o, Angelo Duazo, 34 y/o, Moni Bulando, 20 y/o, Rodelo Montenegro, 40 y/o, married, John Badiang, 8 y/o and Gerald Sedron, 12 y/o all residents of Sitio Ibuan, Brgy Mampi, Lanuza Surigao del sur were kidnapped by the NPAs.

Accordingly, the kidnapped civilians were drifting cut logs for their daily income and expenses when they were suddenly flagged down and held captive by MOL seven (7) CNTs equipped with high powered firearms.

This is a clear violation of Article 4, Part 4 of the International Humanitarian Law which states that civilian population and civilians shall be treated as such and shall be distinguished from combatants and together with their property, not to be the object of attack. In the same manner, Article 10, Part 4 of IHL states that children should not be allowed to take part in hostilities”.

Maj Gen Franco Nemesio M Gacal, Commander 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division commends the fearless stand of the Lanuza Mayor, “We praise the Local Chief Executive (LCE) of the Municipality of Lanuza, Hon. Salvacion Azarcon for leading our fight for a peaceful war and condemning the NPA terrorists and their acts. Let her bravery be an example and I urge other LCEs in Regions 10 and CARAGA to follow Mayor Azarcon’s lead.”

“I also ask the family of the kidnapped victims to be patient. The government, will do its best to rescue them.” Gacal ended.