NEW People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas uploaded a video of Private First Class Adonis Jess Lupiba on video-sharing website YouTube last July 16.
Lupiba is the soldier captured by the NPA last July 12 in a raid in Barangay Alagatan, Gingoog City.
The video shows a lone Lupiba sitting in a mossy forest environment and does not appear hurt contrary to earlier reports that he was wounded just before his capture.
Spokesman of the New People’s Army-North Central Mindanao Region Command Ka Allan Juanito said the video is a clear proof that Lupiba is unharmed and is being treated decently.
Juanito said they uploaded the video to assure Lupiba’s family of his well-being.
“Wala koy samad natamo maliban lang sa galos kay lisud pud nga dalan pero dili lang mabalaka kay naa ko sa mga maayong kamot (I was not wounded except for some minor cuts because of the difficult trail. Do not worry because I am in good hands),” Lupiba said in the video.
He does not appear harassed or threatened in the shaky video.
The Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) earlier said that Lupiba was wounded and accused the rebels of violating the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law signed by the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
Search for Lupiba
The 4ID spokesperson Captain Jo Patrick Martinez said Army soldiers are still continuing their search to rescue Lupiba in the mountains of Misamis Oriental.
“Since we’ve seen that our soldier is in good condition, the NPA can actually leave him in any barangay that is accessible to any vehicle and he can go home on his own,” 4ID Chief Major General Oscar Lactao said in a text message.
Lactao said the arrangement would be more practical than the suspension of police and military operations previously asked by the NPA in exchange for Lupiba’s release.