A POLICEMAN who was captured by the New People’s Army (NPA) said he is being treated well by the insurgents, according to a video released by the rebels to the media and posted on YouTube on Sunday night, February 26.
The video showed Police Officer 2 Gerome Anthony Natividad, of the Kalilangan municipal police in Bukidnon, being interviewed by a woman in a location thick with vegetation.
Natividad was taken by the NPA fighters on February 9, 2017 as they set up a roadblock in Tikalaan village, Talakag, Bukidnon, after the insurgents burned a heavy equipment of a construction company doing road repairs in said town.
In the video, Natividad was shown sitting under a canopy wearing a blue jacket over a black t-shirt and cargo pants, with growing facial hairs.
Natividad narrated that on the day of his abduction, he was en route to the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Vicente Alagar in Cagayan de Oro City to get his medical certificate.
The police officer said he is being well treated and is fed with better food than what the rebels are eating.
He said: “They [NPA] are following the protocols on the Carhrihl [Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law].”
In his stay with the rebels, Natividad said he learned that it is different what he heard on the outside and that situation on the inside.
“What you heard outside is that you will be tortured or killed, but here, now that I am inside, they never lift a finger on me. We try to help and understand each other,” he said.
Addressing his family, especially his parents who he assured and told them not to worry, Natividad said: “…I missed them so much, I am not used to it. I’m not being treated badly.”
He also called the attention of the police leadership and President Rodrigo Duterte to help in freeing him.
“Please give me a chance,” Natividad said, referring to his possible freedom.
Natividad also mentioned her daughter Nicole or “Nikki” and asked his parents to take care of her while he was away.
He did not mention his wife Stephanie, whom Natividad was married to for three years. They are living in Pangantucan, Bukidnon.
In an interview, Stephanie had called on Duterte to revive both the ceasefire and peace talks with the Communist rebels.