Release police chief, Duterte tells rebels

PRESIDENT-ELECT Rodrigo Duterte asked the New People’s Army (NPA) to release the station commander they abducted in Governor Generoso town in Davao Oriental last Sunday.

Governor Generoso Municipal Police Station commander Chief Inspector Arnold Ongachen was held captive by some 50 rebels when they ransacked the police station on May 29 passed 7 p.m.

"May I ask them (NPA) now, kung nakikinig sila, release the chief of police. Kung wala naman kasalan release him immediately, kindly," Duterte said.

Duterte said he hopes to enter into a ceasefire agreement with the communist rebels in the coming days.

This, after the NPA attacked the police station in Barangay Sigaboy in Davao Oriental.

"We hope to arrive at a sort of a truce in the coming days. There is still war going on and we cannot expect a prim and proper behavior on the either side," Duterte said.

He also said that he cannot tell the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to stop because he has not yet in Malacañang.

Duterte said he had talk with the commander of the NPA in the area. He added that they are now trying to figure out how to stop violence.

"Sabi niya, hindi pa niya alam, mag-iimbestiga pa siya. But he is the commander there," Duterte said, adding that rest assured he will go there to fetch the hostage.

The authorities are suspecting that the rebel group, Pulang Bagani 6 of the Sub-regional committee 2, which camps along the boundary of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental were behind the attack.
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