By RUBI DEL MUNDO
Spokesperson, NDFP Southern Mindanao Region
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines – Southern Mindanao orders the release of Police Officer 3 Ruben Magno Nojapa, Jr., who was arrested on 18 March at Barangay Mainit, Nabunturan town, Compostela Valley, and held as prisoner of war under the custody of the New People’s Army Compostela Valley – Davao Gulf Sub-Regional Command.
The release decision was based on purely humanitarian grounds in the wake of the appeal made by Nojapa’s family and peace advocates that have expressed support for a negotiated settlement within the bounds of international humanitarian law.
POW Nojapa is well, his blood pressure regularly monitored and anti-hypertensive drugs administered by medics of the NPA custodial force.
After Nojapa’s capture, he was investigated by the responsible organ of the NPA custodial force and no sufficient evidence was established to warrant his prosecution for serious crimes committed against the Filipino people and the revolutionary movement.
The prisoner’s order of release is an exercise of the political power and authority of the People’s Democratic Government. It is in compliance with the NDFP’s long-standing policy of lenient treatment of prisoners of war and its Declaration of Undertaking to Apply the Provisions of the 1949 Geneva Conventions and Protocol I and the GPH-NDFP Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).
The 10th ID-AFP is enjoined to cease its offensive military operations in Compostela Valley to pave the safe, orderly and expeditious release of POW Nojapa; the US-Aquino regime’s provincial police force is, likewise, urged to do the same.