By Mike Crismundo
CAMP BANCASI, Butuan City — Combat troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday stepped up their search for the Army soldier and a member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit Active Auxiliary (CAA) who were abducted by Communist New People’s Army Terrorists in Southern Mindanao.
Capt. Jerry S. Lamosao, chief of the Public Affairs Office (PAO) of the Army’s Southern Mindanao 10th Infantry (Agila) Division (10th ID) said field unit commanders operating near the provincial border of Davao Oriental, Surigao del Sur and Compostela Valley (ComVal) were ordered to closely coordinate for the all-out search for the abducted soldier and militiaman.
“Maj. Gen. Noel S. Clement, the commanding general of the Army’s southern Mindanao 10th “Agila” Division ordered the command group of the 28th Infantry Battalion (28th IB) to step up their search operation for Cpl. Johannes D. Parreño, a member of the Alpha Company of the 28th IB and his companion, CAA Dindo Malibay, of Purok Banahaw, Sitio Sudlon, Barangay Central, of Mati City,” the 10th ID PAO officer said.
“10th ID will pursue the perpetrators in accordance to our rules of engagement and existing laws until justice is served,” said Capt. Lamosao, in a phone interview with The Manila Bulletin.
“Troops are reminded to be proactive in ensuring personal safety while doing administrative activities,” he added.
Cpl. Parreño and his companion Malibay were traveling back from Mati City to their temporary patrol base in Taguibo area when abducted by an undetermined number of CNTs who established a roadblock along the highway by posing as government soldiers. The two were held hostage and brought to nearby mountain areas in Davao Oriental province.
The two were facilitating the distribution of school bags to pupils of Tubaon Elementary School, Barangay Tubaon, Tarragona, Davao Oriental when abducted by the CNTs.
“The field troops of the 10th ID are trying their best to get back the two government men,” Capt. Lamosao added.
Lt. Col. Miguel L. Ramon, commanding officer of the 28th IB said the abduction of the members of the AFP in noncombat status is a clear indication and manifestation of their desperation and violates the provisions of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).
The 28th IB commander assured that they will get back the two abducted unarmed government men.