By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – The New People’s Army (NPA), armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on Wednesday afternoon freed a former member of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) in an outskirts of Barangay Mahaba, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte province after three days in captivity.
In a live broadcast at a local radio station here late Wednesday afternoon, a certain Ka Sandara Sidlakan, spokesperson for guerilla-Front Committee 21 of the CPP-NPA Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee, said the custodial force of the NPA released Arnold Panisan, 34, after he pledged to cut his link with the government military forces in the area.
Panisan was formally turned over by the NPA custodial force to local officials of Mahaba and third party facilitators before turning over to his immediate kin.
He was officially released at 3:27 p.m. on Wednesday.
The released former CAFGU man in Mahaba, who was suspected to be an asset (informer) of the Philippine Army (PA), expressed his gratitude to his abductors for treating him well during his captivity.
CAFGU is the civilian paramilitary unit of the PA.
Panisan was snatched by undetermined number of armed men at 4 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2017 in Barangay Mahaba, Cabadbaran City