Release Zaldy Cañete expeditiously like NPA releases its prisoners-of-war

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) demands the Duterte regime and its Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to accord humane treatment to and expeditiously release wounded New People’s Army Red fighter Zaldy Cañete in the same way that the NPA considers captured soldiers as prisoners-of-war to be treated leniently and prompty released.

Cañete was captured last May 12 after police and military operatives placed him under arrest while he was in the Intensive Care Unit in a hospital in Don Carlos, Bukidnon. He was recovering from a brain surgery to treat a bullet injury he sustained in a firefight last May 10 in Kitaotao town. He was under the watch of his family and hospital doctors.

Cañete must be expeditiously released by the Duterte regime by force of its obligations under the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) which stipulate that persons deprived of their liberty for reasons related to the armed conflict shall be considered for safe release on humanitarian or other grounds.

The release of captured combatants involved in an armed conflict is a humanitarian exercise practiced since World War II and enshrined in the Geneva Conventions, and which the NPA strictly observes.