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NPA frees 3 soldiers in Agusan

Inquirer May 04,2016 - 09:43 AM

SAN LUIS, Agusan del Sur — Communist rebels yesterday afternoon took a surprise move to free three Army soldiers and a militiaman in what was supposed to be an event in a remote village of Balit here where they were set to free two “prisoners of war” held captive for a month.

The New People’s Army had already issued the release order of Private First Class Diven Tawide and Private First Class Glenn Austria of the 23rd Infantry Battalion when Ka Omar Ibarra, custodial officer of the captives, surprised the crowd to announce that another soldier and a paramilitary cadre were to be released at the same time.

Corporal Jawad Awadi and militiaman Roy Perez, who were clad in civilian clothes, were roaming around the village when they were caught by the NPA rebels securing the vicinity of the venue. Ibarra said they decided to free Awadi and Perez in the last minute just as the signing of document for the release of the two POWs.

“Aside from releasing the two POWs, we will also turn over before you two other captives we held today,” Ibarra said. “That is how we are serious in  following the process on their release (POWs).”

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