After two months of captivity, two militiamen were freed by their New People’s Army captors in a hinterland barangay of Remedios Trinidad Romualdez town in Agusan del Norte.
The release of AJ Reginal and Bernabe Salahay, whom the rebels had captured in separate instances in Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte in December last year, brings down to eight – two soldiers and six Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) members- the remaining captives still being held by the NPA in Caraga region.
The two “prisoners of war” (POWs) were turned over by the NPA to third party facilitators at about 1:30 p.m Monday in Barangay Tagbongabong, Remedios Trinidad Romualdez town in Agusan del Norte.
Joaquin Jacinto, spokesperson of National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Mindanao, said the release of the hostages proves that it is still open to resuming peace talks with the Duterte administration.
The release was a “gesture of goodwill” despite the government’s failure to suspend military operations, he said. By CLC Photo courtesy of Reygela Decalit