From the Sun Star (Apr 15): Rebels abduct 2 cops, 7 militiamen in Agusan
Communist rebels said they have abducted two policemen and seven suspected government militiamen in separate attacks in the southern Philippines.
Regional rebel spokesman Jorge Madlos said the policemen were captured during a New People's Army (NPA) rebel assault Sunday on an outpost in Agusan del Sur province. Three government militiamen, including a woman, were separately seized in nearby Surigao del Sur province.
Madlos said fellow Marxist insurgents seized four more militiamen in Agusan del Sur on Monday.
He said the captives may be freed if the rebels determine they have not committed human rights violations and other abuses.
Regional army spokesman Major Leo Bongosia said the abductions have been reported to military officials, who are gathering more details.
The Marxist rebellion, one of Asia's longest, has been raging for 44 years.