NPA terrorists abduct 3 civilians and 1 CAFGU in Mindoro; release 3

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CAMP CAPINPIN, TANAY, RIZAL- The New People’s Army (NPA) Communist Terrorists Group (CTG) abducted yesterday evening (around 8 o’clock) a barangay chairman, two (2) civilians, and a member of Civilian Active Auxiliary (CAA) in Barangay Malo, Bansud, Oriental Mindoro.

Colonel Marceliano V Teofilo, Commander of the 203rd Brigade who has operational jurisdiction over Mindoro Island identified the victims as Malo Chairman Peter Delos Santos (52 years old), Louie Medinilla (47), Ricky Capillo (40) and CAA Reymond Malupa (55). “They were forcibly taken from their houses by more or less ten (10) NPAs under Kilusang Larangan Gerilya-Ignacio Clafero Magadia (KLG-ICM) clad in military uniform. They were brought to Sitio Pay-pay which is two hours walk from their barangay”.

“We strongly condemn the desperate actions of the CPP-NPA. The abduction only shows how weak these NPA terrorists are, they do not spare even the innocent civilians. They threatened, extort money and if they refused, they will kidnap”, said Col Teofilo.

Refusal to support the NPA terrorists group is one of the motives the police are trying to look into. Accordingly, the abducted barangay captain is a well-known supporter of Bansud re-electionist Mayor Angel Saulong who refused to give in to the extortion demand (permit-to-campaign) of the NPA.

Malo residents also said the victims are of good reputation in their community and they were wondering why the NPAs abducted them.

More than a week ago, same incident happened in Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro wherein four (4) civilians were also abducted by the NPAs. They were forced to join the terrorists; however, they managed to escape and reported the incident. There identities are withheld due to fear for their lives and for their families.

Meanwhile, reports reaching this headquarters this morning (April 6, 2019), three (3) of the kidnap victims were already released by the NPAs, while the CAFGU is still held hostage. The released victims are now with their families after debriefing with the local police and the social workers.

The wife and the four (4) children of the remaining kidnap victim now fear for their father’s life; and they are appealing to the NPA to release their father and not to hurt him.

Troops of the 203rd Brigade and the Oriental Mindoro Police already sent troops to hunt down the NPA kidnappers. “This forced the NPA terrorists to release other victims. I already alerted all camps and patrol bases as these terrorists may attack soft targets to divert and disrupt the joint Army-PNP operations”, Col Teofilo added.