Thursday, June 24, 2021

NPA releases audio, photos of soldiers

THE New People's Army (NPA) on February 14, Tuesday, released photos and audio messages from two Army soldiers they have been holding captive for two weeks now.

Philippine Army's 39th Infantry Battalion troops Sergeant Solaiman Calocop and Private First Class Samuel Garay were abducted by the NPA from Columbio town in Sultan Kudarat on February 2, Thursday, at about 7:30 a.m.

Ka Dencio Madrigal, spokesperson for the Valentin Palamine Command of the NPA Regional Operations Command, said that the two soldiers were held as prisoners of war (Pows) by the Mt. Alip Sub-Regional Operations Command.

In the separate audio messages of the two soldiers, Calocop and Garay both assured their families that they are being treated well by their NPA custodial unit.

"To my beloved wife and children, siblings and relatives, I am free to pray the Sambayang here. The NPA are kind and disciplined. They do not harm us. They feed us. They also make our tents before they make their own," Calocop said.

Calocop asked his family not to get tired from asking help from the government. He also appealed to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to cease all military operations for their safety.

Garay also echoed the same call for the government. He said they are hoping that the government will help them and that there will be no military operations so they can return to their families' safe.

"And to my wife and my family, do not worry about our situation here, we are okay. We are being treated leniently. They (rebels) do not harm us or anything. Do not worry," Garay said.

Madrigal said the two are presently being investigated for their involvement in the crimes perpetrated by the Army’s 39th Infantry Battalion against the people and the revolutionary movement.
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