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AFP Suspension of Military Operations required for release of 2 POWs

Spokesperson, NDFP Southern Mindanao

In response to the earlier decision of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines – Southern Mindanao Region (NDFP-SMR) to release the two prisoners of war (POWs), the New People’s Army Comval North Davao South Agusan Sub-regional Command has unilaterally declared a four-day suspension of military offensives (SOMO) on 19-22 February 2013 in the towns of Kapalong, San Isidro, Asuncion, New Corella all in Davao del Norte, and Laak in Compostela Valley.

This is to pave way for the safe and orderly release of POWs Private First Class Jezreel Maata Culango (serial No. 89158) of the 60th Infantry Battalion and Police Officer 1 Ruel Pasion (Badge No.194812).

While on temporary ceasefire in the aforesaid areas, the NPA remains in active defensive posture against the enemy’s attacks.

The 10th Infantry Division – Armed Forces of the Philippines (ID-AFP) should reciprocate the SOMO and cease from its fascist Oplan Bayanihan operations, or else further delay the release of the two POWs.

As an act of humanitarianism, the NDFP deems it appropriate to archive the documentation pertaining to its preliminary investigation against the two POWs who were involved in the counter-revolutionary and anti-people military operations of the 60th Infantry Battalion and the Philippine National Police in Compostela Valley and Agusan boundaries.

The investigating body formed by the NDFP found the two POWs to have committed lesser offenses, and thus recommended for their release. This, however, does not prevent the revolutionary forces from initiating future arrests against the two POWs should they be found to commit crimes against the people and other human rights abuses.

(Sgd) Rubi del Mundo
NDFP-Southern Mindanao

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