NPA rebels release soldier, cop in Comval-A A +A
Thursday, February 21, 2013
DAVAO CITY -– The New People’s Army (NPA) released a soldier and police officer here Thursday afternoon after 34 days in captivity.
Private First Class (Pfc) Jezreel Maata Culango of the 60th Infantry Battalion and Police Officer 1 (PO1) Ruel Pasion of San Isidro Police Station in San Isidro, Davao del Norte were released around 2 p.m. of Thursday somewhere in the hinterlands of Compostela Valley.
They were received by religious groups and immediately brought to their respective families.
Culango and Pasion were snatched by the NPA rebels in a roadblock at Laak, Compostela Valley last January 17.
Pasion was on his way to San Isidro police station while Culango was on his way to visit his girlfriend when separately spotted by the rebels manning a checkpoint in Laak.
Prior to the release, the NPA rebels asked for a four-day unilateral ceasefire from February 19 to 22 in some areas in Southern Mindanao to pave way for the release of Culango and Pasion. (PNA)