TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur – Three civilians who were kidnapped by the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) last May 30 were released Monday morning.
Barangay Captain of Brgy. Mampi Danilo Duaso relayed the information to the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The victims, Wendil Delicuna, Jeffrey Delicuna and Angelo Duazo, were released at the vicinity of Sitio Banahao, Brgy. Maitom, Tandag City.
Lt. Jonald Romorosa, spokesperson of 36th Infantry Battalion (36IB), said the relentless combat and pursuit operation of the 36IB to rescue the kidnapped victims forced the CNTs to release Delicuna, Delicuna and Duazo.
However, the CNTs still held captive Ryard Badiang who is now being used as a human shield against pursuing government troops.
Earlier, the military reported that there were seven civilians abducted by the CNTs at the Tandag City River while drifting the cut logs. Later on same day, four of the seven captives were released.
Romorosa clarified that prior to the abduction of seven civilians on May 30, a certain Jeffrey Delicuna was first captured by the CNTs around 7:30 AM on the same day.
Romorosa added that the victims are all residents of Sitio Ibuan, Mampi, Lanuza, the first community in the province that declared the CNTs and their organizations as persona non-grata on March 2019.
Meanwhile, 36IB commanding officer Lt. Colonel Xerxes Trinidad said “the CNTs are clearly trying to recover Sitio Ibuan by threatening the community thru kidnapping.”
"They have poisoned the minds of the innocent civilians for them to stop their support to the government particularly in the operationalization of CAA patrol base in their community. Moreover, our units in the area are continuously conducting pursuit operations to rescue the remaining civilian who is still being held and used as human shield by the CNTs,” he added.