KIDAPAWAN CITY -- The New People's Army (NPA) released Police Officer 3 Maula Tato Ali of the Arakan Police in Barangay Kabalantian, Arakan, around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Ka Simon Santiago, political director of the NPA Regional Political Department, confirmed the release through a text message sent to reporters here.
Santiago said the NPA’s Mount Apo sub-regional command turned over Ali to his wife and a group of peace advocates in Mindanao.
Ali immediately underwent medical check-up after the turnover.
He said the release took place despite the presence of government soldiers near the area.
He said soldiers under the 8th IB of the 10th Infantry Division were positioned at least eight kilometers away from the area.
A sniper from the Mount Apo sub-regional committee killed at least two of the 8th IB soldiers, according to Santiago.
The Army in North Cotabato has not confirmed such reports. (MCM)