NPA frees captured policeman in Zamboanga del Sur

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Xinhua) – The leftist New People’s Army on Wednesday announced it had released a policeman the group had captured during a raid at a police station in southern Philippines over a month ago.

Jorge Madlos alias Comrade Oris, spokesperson for the NPA in Mindanao said in a statement Police Officer 2 Faizal Juhaili was freed by his NPA custodians late on Tuesday in the hinterlands of the southern Zamboanga del Sur province after an investigation found him innocent of possible “crimes against the people and the revolution.”

“The prisoner of war, Juhaili only acted according to his duty as a police officer..At the same time, there were no formal charges filed against him (before) the court of the people’s democratic government. Therefore there was no material basis anymore for his detention, thus he was released,” Madlos said, adding the policeman, in his mid-50s, was also released out of humanitarian grounds following pleas from his family.

The policeman was captured last April 9 when some 50 NPA guerrillas on military uniforms stormed the local police station of Tibao town, in Mindanao’s Zamboanga del Sur, without firing a single shot. The outnumbered policemen did not put up a fight while over a dozen weapons were carted away by the attackers.

The rebel spokesperson assured the captive policeman’s basic rights were respected during his over a month-long captivity. “He was well taken care of.”

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