NPA orders the release of POW PO2 Tugade

THE NEW People’s Army on Sunday ordered the release of prisoner of war (POW) PO2 Jerwel Montecillo Tugade.

In a statement, the Merardo Arce Command-Southern Mindanao Regional Operations Command of the NPA, said the release is anchored on the international humanitarian law and an act of goodwill in support to the resumption of the formal peace negotiations between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines(NDFP).

Rigoberto F. Sanchez, spokesperson of the MAC-NPA,  in a statement said POW PO2 Tugade is a member of the 1106th Provincial Mobile Group-Philippine National Police assigned in the Banay Banay PNP Municipal Station. Tugade was arrested in a mobile checkpoint by the Wilfredo Zapanta Command-Front 18 Operations Command-NPA (Wizac-NPA) last February 7, 5 pm, along the Tagum-Mati national highway in Barangay Pintatagan, Banaybanay, Davao Oriental.

The rebel group ordered the release after the revolutionary authorities cleared POW PO2 Tugade of direct involvement and participation in anti-people acts and violating human rights. The MAC-NPA has ordered the Wizac-NPA custodial unit to undertake preparations and procedures for the safe and orderly release of POW PO2 Tugade.

The implementation of the release order shall be based on the assessment of POW PO2 Tugade’s NPA custodial unit on the ground situation particularly the movement and forward deployment of PNP/AFP troops. The revolutionary movement is giving utmost importance to the safety of POW PO2 Tugade and the receiving party to effect the eventual reunion with his family.- D’Jay Lazaro


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