The 10th Infantry Division, Philippine Army condemns the NPA for kidnapping two enlisted men of 39th Infantry Battalion early morning today, 02 February 2017. The NPAs are showing complete disregard of their own earlier pronouncement that their unilateral ceasefire is in effect until February 10 by continuously committing atrocities against soldiers and civilians.
The 10ID demands the immediate release of our soldiers. We further urge the CPP to order the NPA to immediately stop committing criminal acts victimizing the people that could imperil the peace negotiations.
This action of the NPA further confirms that it is never a people’s army but a nuisance propaganda army of the local communists.
The two soldiers were onboard a motorcycle on their way to their battalion headquarters when accosted by ten armed men at Purok 7, Brgy Telafas, Columbio, Sultan Kudarat at around 7:30 am, Thursday, February 2. The names of the kidnap victims are being withheld pending notification of their family.
As of now, the crisis management council chaired by Mayor Amirh Musali of Columbio will convene. Likewise, security forces represented by the PNP and Army will attend and provide updates relative to the incident.
Rest assured that the AFP, PNP and the Local Government Units of the Municipality of Columbio and the Province of Sultan Kudarat are closely working together to address the incident. We are now on heightened alert and have instructed our line units to be vigilant and maintain proactive measures avoiding the said incident from happening again.