Abducted cops' wives seek gov't help

WIVES of police officials abducted by the New Peoples' Army (NPA) in separate incidents months ago urged the government to help in the negotiations for the immediate release of their husbands.

Charlene Ongachen, wife of Chief Inspector Arnold Ongachen who was abducted by NPA last May 29, and Jenelyn Grande, wife of PCI Michael Grande who was abducted last June 19, said in a media conference on morning, August 18 that they are appealing for help from the government together with Exodus Justice and Peace convenor Jurie Jayme.

"Nakita namin ang video, panatag ang loob namin kasi nakita namin na hindi siya sinaktan, pero nagsusumamo kami sana ma release na aking asawa para makasama na namin siya," Ongachen said.

Based on the mother of PCI Ongachen who was also present in the conference, the most recent update they had on the status of his son was through a video from the NDF published in the social media last August 1.

"Nagapasalamat sa Ginoo sa kinabuhi sa dili pagpanakit sa iya, unta hatagan siya og kagawasan aron makauban na niya ang iyang asawa ug anak (I thank God for the gift of live, as for the fact that the NPAs did not hurt him, I hope that he will be given freedom, so that he can finally be with his family)," the older Ongachen said.

It can be recalled that then President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said that he will allow the NPAs to have judgment over the police officer's life after the group issued statement tagging the official as a drug peddler.

But the Police Regional Office denied the alleged involvement of the officer in drugs.

Charlene also said that if her husband indeed was involved in drugs they are maybe enjoying a better life right now, and she trust the officials of NPA to make their own investigation.

"May imbestigasyon naman siguro, hindi naman yan totoo," Ongachen said.

Rev. Jurie Jayme said that negotiations really take a hard process and he does not exempt this case.

He also said that they have experienced successful negotiations before even if there were alleged prisoners from both sides who were allegedly involved in drugs.

Jayme added that he does not expect the President to really oversee the negotiations this time but expects that chief executive would do something to address the matter.

He said that release of the officials would be a good move for building confidence between groups in line with the ongoing peace process.

He also called for the suspension of military operations.

Jenelyn Grande, for her part, called for the release of her husband saying that her three children are already looking for him.

Grande said that a person from the other group called her around two weeks ago to notify her of her husband's stable condition.
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