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NPA sets free cop detained for 36 days

Communist rebels freed Tuesday (May 15) a policeman they held for more than a month in Zamboanga del Sur.

After 36 days in captivity, New People’s Army (NPA) members released Police Officer 2 Faisal Juhaili in Barangay Kanipaan, Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur.

The fifty-year old policeman was seized following the rebels’ raid at the police station of Tigbao town in the same province.

He was among four policemen on duty when some 40 rebels raided the police station last April 9. The rebels carted away seven M-16 Armalite rifles, an M-14 rifle and a .9-mm pistol.

In a press conference last Wednesday (May 16), Juhaili said he was made to move from one place to another, as the rebels were trying to elude government forces.

Chief Supt. Napoleon Estilles, police regional director, said Juhaili was released for humanitarian reasons following negotiations between the communist insurgents and the victim’s family.

National Democratic Front (NDF)-Mindanao spokesman Jorge Madlos alias Ka Oris said in a statement that they released Juhaili since he has no pending cases with the revolutionary movement.