AFP cites NPA on release of abducted soldier PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 January 2016 14:40

The military’s Eastern Mindanao Command said Saturday it recognizes the gesture of the New People’s Army (NPA) in releasing Sgt. Adriano Bingil.

In a statement, the command expressedhope that the NPA will continue with such gestures of peace and goodwill by abandoning the armed struggle and putting a stop to their extortion activities and attacks against development projects.

Sgt. Bingil was abducted while he was on his way to send money to his family. Bingil’s family was relieved that he was finally released.

The command said it is open to talk peace and will accept NPA members who would like to return to mainstream society.

Sgt. Bingil of the army’s 26th Infantry Battalion was abducted by NPA members of guerilla front 88, at KM 16, Brgy. Policarpo, San Luis, Agusan del Sur (ADS) last September 19, 2015.  He was released in the afternoon of December 31, through the efforts of Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) Bishop Felixberto Calang; San Luis, ADS Mayor Ronaldo Corvera; and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in Brgy. Durian, Las Nieves, Agusan Del Norte.

“The NPA’s armed capability has declined that is why they have degenerated into a lawless group devoid of ideology and are now engaged in criminal activities like abduction, arson and extortion,” said the Eastmincom statement.