By Ben Serrano
After six days in captivity, the New People’s Army on Monday freed a 58-year old member of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (Cafgu) who was abducted in his home in Tandag City.
Ka Sandara Amihan, spokesperson for New People’s Army’s Front Committee 14, said they released
Jeremias E. Estrada, 58, to show goodwill and support for the continuance of peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippine (NDFP).
Estrada was formally turned over to local crisis committee officials and third-party facilitators , headed by Sure FM station manager Judith Sagaysay Suarez in a ceremony in a remote village in the city.
Estrada was then presented to Tandag City Mayor Alexander “Ayek” Pimentel before undergoing medical check-up at the provincial government-owned Adela Serra Ty Memorial Hospital in Tandag.
Pimentel, Estrada’s wife Berlinda and children thanked the NPA rebels for the unconditional release of the militiaman.
Estrada said he was treated well by the NPA custodial force during captivity .
Lt. Col. Randolph P. Rojas, battalion commander of the Army’s 36th Infantry Battalion based in Surigao del Sur, said he welcomed the release of the militiaman .
Cafgu is the civilian paramilitary unit of the Army.