NPA rebels abduct 2 BJMP jailguards PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 April 2015 14:31

Communist rebels abducted atwo jail guards shortly after ambushing a van of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP)in a daring rescue of a comrade in Surigao del Sur Tuesday morning.

Capt. Patrick Martinez, of the army’s Public Affairs Division, said on Wednesday that two other jail guards and a prisoner were wounded during the ambush in in the town of Marihatag,

Martinez did not release the names of the two wounded jail guards, but identified the wounded prisoner as Robert Rivas.

He also identified the abducted BJMP jail guards as SO2 Juan Salazar and SO2 Feliciano Polan, all of the provincial BJMP in Surigao Del Sur.

Martinez said that the wounded were undergoing treatment at a hospital in Tandag City.

He said the BJMP guards were escorting two prisoners on their way to a court hearing Tuesday morning when their van was waylaid by about 30 rebels of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) to rescue one of the prisoners identified as Jojean M. Alameda.

Taken along with the two other BJMP guards, Alameda is reportedly a bomb expert and a high valued NPA officer, Martinez said.

The NPA rebels also got away with two M4 rifles, four 9mm pistols, and two 45 caliber pistols belonging to the jailguards.

Martinez said troops from the Philippine army’s 36th Infantry Battalion have been pursuing the NPA rebels and conductingrescue operations for the abducted BJMP personnel.

Last February, three policemen seized by NPA rebels  in the province of Surigao del Norte last year were released after more than three months of captivity.

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the political arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines  said the release of the three policemen was ordered as an act of goodwill for the resumption of the peace talks with the governmentr and for humanitarian consideration.

No ransom was paid.

A jail warden Melvin Coquilla who was abducted by the NPA last year was freed last January.

The NPAs accused Coquilla of abuses in the provincial jail and involvement in the supply of drugs to inmates in the provincial jail, charges which were flatly denied by the warden.

Since March 1969, the NPA - the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines - has been waging one of Asia’s longest running insurgencies, which - according to the military - has claimed more than 3,000 lives in the last eight years alone.

After some 10 years of relative silence, the communist group resurfaced mid-2000 staging deadly ambushes against army soldiers and policemen, and resuming a fund-raising campaign by collecting “revolutionary tax” on businessmen and politicians.

The U.S. government has listed the NPA as a terror group.