THE New People's Army (NPA) admitted on Friday that it abducted two Army soldiers at a checkpoint in Barangay Casoon in Monkayo town, Compostela Valley last September 30.
Aris Francisco, spokesperson for the NPA's Comval-North Davao South Agusan Sub-Regional Command, said they are now holding in captivity Pfc. Ni¤o L. Alavaro and Pfc. Marjon S. Anover, both of the Army's 25th Infantry Battalion.
Francisco, in a statement, belied the claims of the government authorities that the two prisoners of war (POWs) were not in active duty when abducted.
"POWs Alavaro and Anover came from the Army's headquarters in Banlag in Monkayo and were rerouting to combat operations at the time of their capture, warranting the Red fighters to take action and arrest the two," Francisco said.
The rebels seized two caliber.45 pistols from Alavaro and Anover, respectively, during their checkpoint around 1 p.m. in Casoon.
In adherence to the protocols of the war, Francisco said the NPA custodial unit is duty-bound to treat the prisoners of war humanely and leniently.
"Meanwhile, an investigating team subjects the POWs to the judicial process under the tenets of revolutionary justice," Francisco said.