NPA rebs abduct two army soldiers PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2014 11:32

Army troops were dispatched on Thursday to track down guerrillas of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) who abducted Wednesday two soldiers in Bukidnon, one of at least six provinces where communist rebels have strong forces in the island of Mindanao.

Lt. Norman Tagros, 8th Infantry Battalion civil-military operations officer, said that PFCs Marnel Cinches and Jerrel Yorong of the 8th Infantry Battalion were discovered missing around 4 p.m.Wednesday.

Tagros said Army track teams later found out that the two were seized by NPA guerrillas around 4 p.m. on the village of Buntungon in Bukidnon.

Tagros said the two were on their way to rejoin their peace and development team in Buntungon after helping facilitate a Department of Labor and Employment livelihood project in Impasugong town when communist rebels flagged down their vehicle and seized them at gunpoint.

He said NPA rebels  under Lorna Pekabalyo and Noel Gabuki claimed responsibility for the abduction of the two soldiers who were in civilian clothing when they were taken.