4 arrested AFP men safe and well; AFP offensive operations only prolong custodial detention, investigation

May. 23, 2010

The Crucifino Uballas Command-Front 2 Operations Command of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Southern Mindanao assures the families and relatives of arrested Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Corporals Marcial B. Bawagan, Ariel P. Asumo and Eduardo Alcala, and CAA Victor Pitogo that they are safe and well.  Their rights are respected under the protocols of war and international humanitarian laws, and the inherent rules of discipline strictly adhered to by the NPA.

The detainees — Corporals Bawagan (Serial Number # 794130), Asumo (SN # 803445) and Alcala (SN # 806489), and CAA Pitogo (SN # 006279) — are under investigation for charges ranging from active counter-revolutionary acts to violations of human rights, and of the regulations of the People’s Democratic Government in the base areas.  Their May 12 arrest was implemented following the order of the local revolutionary People’s Court.

The rescue operations-cum-offensive military operations of the 10th Infantry Division-Eastern Mindanao Command-AFP to retrieve the detained AFP and paramilitary personnel will only achieve two things:

First, it will only prolong the on-going investigation and custodial detention of Corporals Bawagan, Asumo and Alcala and CAA Pitogo.  And second, more and more civilians will only become victims of human rights violations in villages subjected to offensive combat operations of the desperate 10th ID-EastMinCom-AFP reeling from defeats due to the active resistance of the people and the revolutionary movement.

For reference:

Anvil Guinto
Crucifino Uballas Command
Front 2 Operations Command
New People’s Army-Southern Mindanao

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