Rebels to free 4 captives in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY - NPA rebels are set to free four captives in Surigao del Norte as a gesture of goodwill for the resumption of formal peace negotiations with government on August 22.

The National Democratic Front-Northeaster Mindanao Region identified the captives as PO2 Caleb Sinaca, PO3 Jayroll Bagayas and non-uniformed personal Rodrigo Angob of the Malimono municipal police station, and Senior Police Officer 3 Santiago Lamanilao of the Surigao City police.

The four were captured together on July 24 and are held by the NPA’s Front Operation Command 16.

The rebels said all four captives had undergone “preliminary investigation,” the results of which would they said would be handed to third-party facilitators during the release with a request to forward these to Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa “in the hope that it will assist them (PNP) in their own investigation.” (see full news report:

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