POWs released on humanitarian grounds despite AFP ignorance of International Humanitarian Law

By Rigoberto F. Sanchez
Spokesperson, Merardo Arce Command
NPA Southern Mindanao Regional Operational Command

The Merado Arce Command-Southern Mindanao Regional Operations Command – New People's Army has ordered the release of Sgt. Napoleon P. Gerasmio of the Army Reserve Command (ARESCOM-Philippine Army, SN 760645) and Sgt. Huberto C. Corbita of the Special Operations Command (SOCOM-AFP, SN 780628) after 12 days of captivity as Prisoners of War (POWS) of the Conrado Heredia Command-Front 20 Operations Command-NPA. The issuance of this order is a unilateral act of the revolutionary political authority over the POWs and is based on humanitarian grounds. We have given due consideration to the appeals made by their respective families and those that emanated from well-meaning friends in the various sectors, including those from the GRP local government units.

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