Elements of 85th Infantry Battalion (IB) of the 2nd Infantry Division (ID) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) rescued on April 17 two members of the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) Active Auxiliary (CAA) who were kidnapped by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) on April 16 at
CAA Zaldy Benoza, resident of
Village and CAA William Laude of
of this municipality were kidnapped by four unidentified armed men with
high-powered firearms believed to be members of SPN AMLAY, GU2, SQ-BP, STRPC. Inalig Village
Initial investigation disclosed that the duo went to their former Patrol Base at
to get food
supplies. However, they were held at gunpoint by their captors and were seen
tied up inside their former Patrol Base. Balubad
The 2nd Infantry (Jungle Fighter) Division, headed by Major General Romeo G. Gan, condemned said acts of kidnapping for it has violated basic Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (IHL).
Immediately, the 2ID conducted pursuit operation on the said areas in order to monitor and track down NPA rebels.
Around 12:50 p.m. of April 17, troops of 85th Infantry Battalion, 2ID encountered more or less 15 NPA rebels with high-powered firearms at the boundary of
Angeles Village and
of the same municipality and successfully rescued CAA Benoza and CAA Laude from
the hands of their captors. Balubad Village
Likewise, the troops recovered one US M14 rifle with one magazine, one landmine, six backpacks, and other subversive documents with high intelligence value.