THE New People's Army (NPA) remained tight-lipped over the Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte's appeal to release the female preacher who they have held captive since August 7.
Duterte, who is also the chairman of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in Davao, appealed to the rebels for the immediate and safe release of Jemima Canillas Dimaano who was abducted at Purok 2 in Barangay Anitapan in Mabini town.
Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division spokesperson Captain Ernest Carolina, in a phone interview, said the NPA remained silent as to when they will release the female pastor, though they made a promise to the mayor that they will release Dimaano.
The NPA has not yet released a statement on the matter either.
"Until now, she (Dimaano) is being held by the rebels. Wala pang information kung kailan siya iri-release [kung sooner ba or later]," Carolina said, adding that the military and police are continuously conducting its security patrol to keep the community in its area of responsibility safe.
Dimaano is reportedly being held by one Maruz Matina, NPA's unit commander who is operating in Mati in Davao Oriental. The military, until now, remained puzzled as to why the rebels abducted the pastor of Foursquare Gospel Church.
The mayor previously negotiated for the safe release of policemen and soldiers kidnapped by the NPA in Davao Region.