Communist rebels in Caraga have asked the military to implement a 10-day suspension of military and police operations in at least 6 towns in Surigao del Norte so they can safely release two policemen from their custody .
Police Officer 2 John Doverte and Police Officer 2 Alfredo Degamon, who are assigned at the Placer municipal police in Surigao del Norte, were manning an outpost when taken by the members of the New People’s Army in Barangay Bad-as, on Nov. 13 .
Ka Oto, spokesperson of the NPA’s Guerilla Front 16, told a local radio they would release Doverte and Degamon on condition that the army and police would order their forces to stand down in some villages in the towns of Alegria, Tubod, Placer, Bacuag, Gigaquit and Claver.
He said the decision to release their captives was a “gesture” of their sincerity in pursuing peace talks with the government.
Oto said the NPA no longer had any reason to detain them further after an investigation and background check on the two police personnel .
“We found out that the two had no direct involvement in the crimes like extrajudicial killing, drug trafficking and extortion activities raised against Placer police and we see no reason to keep them as prisoners of war,” he said.
Oto added his group had been treating their captives well and assured the police and the public that Doverte and Degamon remained in good condition. By CLC