Rebels seize soldier in Makilala checkpoint

MEMBERS of the New People's Army (NPA) attacked a military checkpoint and took as prisoner a soldier of the 7th Infantry Battalion-602nd Brigade in Barangay Malasila, Makilala town in North Cotabato province around 4:50 a.m. last April 21, 2016.

In an emailed press release by Dencio Madrigal, identifying himself as spokesperson of the NPA-Far Southern Mindanao Region's Valentin Palamine Command, the soldier was identified as Private First Class Edgardo Hilaga.

The NPA assured that the 24-year-old soldier will be “treated leniently while undergoing investigation for his involvement in war crimes and human rights abuses committed by the 7th IB in North Cotabato”.

In the same statement, the NPA also warned politicians campaigning in areas, which they claimed as part of their territories, not to carry firearms, buy votes, and put out “anti-people propaganda" lest they be taken as captives.

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