July 15, 2015
The National Democratic Front in North Central Mindanao Region first of all expresses gratitude to the local third party facilitators, peace advocates and the Local Crisis Management Committee in Misamis Oriental for their prompt attention and concern for the status of Pfc. Adonis Jess M. Lupeba. The 58th IB soldier was captured by the New People’s Army in a tactical offensive in Alagatan, Gingoog City last July 11. He is now under the custody of NPA-Eastern Misamis Oriental – Northeastern Bukidnon Sub-regional Command as a prisoner of war.
As was stated in an earlier release by the NPA-NCMR Regional Command, the NDF-NCMR is open to start negotiations for the safe and orderly release of the POW as soon as possible. This is another gesture of peace, underscoring our call for the resumption of the peace negotiations between the NDFP and GPH so the people can understand the root causes of the continuing armed conflict in the Philippines and the means by which just and lasting peace can be achieved.
As of writing, we are yet to contact the local third party facilitators composed of the religious sector and peace and human rights advocates and the Local Crisis Management Committee headed by the Misamis Oriental governor regarding coordination and cooperation on the matter.
We once again reassure the family of Pfc. Lupeba and the general public that his rights as a POW are respected in accordance to provisions of the Geneva protocols and CARHRIHL. In more than four decades of advancing the people’s democratic revolution, we have repeatedly proven our strict compliance to these international standards. You may rest assured that he will eventually return to his family once the requisites for his safe and orderly release are provided. The personal statements of 2014 POWs Pfc. Yorong and Pfc. Cinches are the freshest testimonies of our humanitarian treatment of POWs.
If there is anything that may potentially compromise the personal safety of Pfc. Lupeba while he is under NPA custody, it would be the rescue operation of his own battalion. For the NPA’s part, we are always ready to face and foil any counterrevolutionary military combat operation launched by the 403rd Bde and 4th ID whether there is a POW or not.
We will release further advisories regarding developments in the process every now and then.
National Democratic Front
North Central Mindanao Region