Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Militiaman released

From the Mindanao Times (May 24): Militiaman released

A MILITIAMAN was released on Monday, six days after he was abducted by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Tandag City, Surigao Del Sur.
Civilian Active Auxiliary (CAA) Jeremias Estrada, 58, was released at Palo Cinco, Barangay Buenavista at around 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

He was abducted by the rebels inside his house at Purok Lansones, Barangay San Agustin Norte last May 17.

The release of Estrada was made possible through the negotiation made by SURE FM manager Judith Suarez and station supervisor Nardz Hijara and Haide Estrada Elorza, an official of San Agustin Norte.
Capt. Al Anthony Pueblas, the civil-military operations officer of 36th Infantry Battalion, said Estrada was brought to the Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center for medical check up to ensure that he is in his good health condition.

Estrada was turned over to Tandag City Mayor Alexander Pimentel.

“All of us want to live in peace, free from harassments and intimidations. Let us condemn those who use the threat of violence and intimidation against the people,” said Lt. Col. Randolph Rojas, the 36th IB commander.
Rojas said the relentless rescue operation conducted by the military and local police in the area apparently prompted the rebels to release Estrada.

Prior to his abduction, Estrada was assigned at the Matho Patrol Base stationed in Barangay Matho, Cortes, Surigao Del Sur.

Estrada was at home attending his family needs when four men, armed with AK-47, suddenly barged into their house. They abducted the victim.

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