NPA’s Abduct Non Combatants, Stage Highway Robberies

Camp Panacan, Davao City- Simultaneous highways robbery and abduction incidents happened early this morning eight days before the resumption of formal peace talks between the government and the CPP/NPA/NDF in Oslo, Norway on February 15, 2011.

The New People’s Army staged highway robbery and abductions at 5:30 this morning, February 7, 2011, in four different areas in Southern Mindanao. These areas were in Sto. Nino, Bansalan; Astorga, Sta. Cruz, both in Davao del Sur; Brgy. Marapat, Compostela, Compostela Valley Province and in Buddha Highway going to Bukidnon.

The armed group robbed one calibre .45 pistol from PO1 Edwin Antipuesto of Philippine National Police (PNP) Magsaysay, Davao del Sur at 5:30 this morning. Based on reports he was onboard a vehicle going to his office when the armed group flagged the vehicle he was riding.

While the calibre .45 pistol of P01 Ace Villapaz who was onboard of a passenger van going to Davao City was also robbed by the armed group clad in black fatigue uniforms. Undetermined numbers of NPA from SECOM 51 Command also blocked the road in Sta Cruz, Davao del Sur Highway and help up a Weena Bus and the passenger van where Villapaz is onboard. Villapaz, from the Regional Monitoring Group 11 (RMG11), was about to report to his station after a week end vacation.

Meanwhile, two military soldiers were abducted. An army trooper driving his motorcycle while on a weekend vacation was flagged down by 30 NPA members who escaped in an elf truck with the victim in Monkayo Comval Province.

A Retired Army soldier was also abducted along Buddha Highway, going to Bukidnon, at around 6:00 am yesterday, February 6, 2011.

LTC JOSHUA SANTIAGO, Spokesperson of 10ID said, “These incidents are clear demonstrations of CPP/NPA’s deceptive nature which is a clear violation of CARHRIHL. The two soldiers are non combatants when they were abducted. We therefore challenge the human rights advocates to look into and act on these violations.”

“The irrational behaviour of the communist terrorists only shows their criminal tendencies and may be seen as acts of desperation. Clearly, they gain nothing from these stunts”, LTC SANTIAGO added.

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