Army sergeant being held as prisoner-of-war by New People's Army
By RIGOBERTO F. SANCHEZ
Spokesperson, Merardo Arce Command
NPA Southern Mindanao Regional Operational Command
The cat is finally out of the bag. Now it can be said without any shade of public doubt. That in its failed and defeated Operation Plan Bantay Laya II, the 10th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines recruits and arms minors as combat pawns in its war against the people and the revolutionary forces. That what it accuses the people's army of doing turns out to be a matter of official policy in its ranks, long practiced in their counter-revolutionary theater.
What better proof than Juve Latiban (SN # CT-G09000182) of the paramilitary Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU), a 17-year-old minor. As a combatant of the AFP and their paramilitary forces, he was arrested at a checkpoint put up by the Conrado Heredia Command of the New People's Army in sitio Mabatas, Barangay Upper Ulip, Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province on June 19.