Abducted RPA member's kin wish for his release

THE family of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army (RPA) member abducted by the New People's Army (NPA) in La Castellana, Negros Occidental, almost two weeks ago are appealing to his abductors to release him in the spirit of Christmas.

Mildred Bagnoran, wife of Cirilo Bagnoran, who met with Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. at the Capitol on Tuesday, said they have no communication with her husband, and have no idea of his whereabouts.

Bagnoran was abducted on December 10 at Hda. Jamandre, Barangay Robles, when NPA rebels raided the cock farm of RPA leader Rene Europa where he worked as his helper.

Bagnoran's wife said that she was also around when the NPA ransacked the farm and that the rebels demanded that they only wanted to get the firearms from Europa.

About 50 rebels conducted the raid and most of them spoke Cebuano, she said.

Bagnoran's wife said they have asked assistance from the Catholic Church and the Commission on Human Rights, and they are hoping for the help of the governor for the release of her husband.

She said that all their six children are in school and they only rely on her husband for their livelihood.

He was sick and limping, and was just released from the hospital when he was abducted, she added.

"I am appealing to the NPA to release my husband so that we could be together this Christmas and New Year," she said.

Marañon also appealed to the NPA to release Bagnoran so that he can return to his family for Christmas.

"Please release him before Christmas. It would be a good Christmas gift if he can return to his family sooner," the governor said, adding that, "whatever his faults are, we will talk about it, if he has to make amends."

The NPA's Leonardo Panaligan Command had announced that it will soon release Bagnoran.

Both Colonel Francisco Delfin, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, and Senior Superintendent Samuel Nacion, officer-in-charge of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said they have no information yet regarding the possible release of Bagnoran.

Authorities have yet to determine the whereabouts of the abducted RPA member. (With reports from PNA)
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