Suspected NPAs kidnap cop in Cotabato
John Unson (The Philippine Star) - August 16, 2017 - 4:00pm

NORTH COTABATO , Philippines  – Suspected communist rebels snatched a policeman in Kidapawan City yesterday.

Officials said PO1 Bristol Catalan was riding a motorcycle to Makilala town in North Cotabato when suspected New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas flagged him down and brought him to a remote village in Barangay Katipunan after taking his service firearm.

Police regional spokesman Supt. Romeo Galgo said Catalan is assigned to the Makilala municipal police.

Galgo said the North Cotabato provincial police and the Army’s 39th Infantry Battalion have launched joint operations to track down the rebels holding Catalan captive.

Meanwhile, the regional Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said it would probe the allegations of two farmers harassed by the military on suspicions that they were members of the NPA in Opol, Misamis Oriental.

CHR-10 regional director Jeanne Ivy Abrina said they have docketed the complaint of Roy Ebarat and Julieto Babatido, residents of Barangay Tingalan, in Opol.

Ebarat and Babatido complained the military entered their homes without a search warrant and accused them of being NPA rebels.

Both denied the allegations and filed the complaint before the CHR regional office.

“We will investigate this because this is not only in relation to our mandate but also with the continuous monitoring of martial law-related human rights violations,” Abrina said.

On the other hand, the NPA in Surigao del Sur issued an apology for the road attack in San Agustin town that wounded a truck driver and his assistant last Aug. 10.

Sandara Amihan, spokesperson for the NPA’s Front Committee 14, said they are taking responsibility for the road attack and promised to compensate the two victims.

Amihan said the NPA planted an improvised explosive device along the highway in Barangay Sto. Niño when the cargo truck driven by Philip Silva Medrano inadvertently detonated the bomb. The explosion also wounded Joel Silyares.

The bomb was supposedly directed at a military convoy going to the province, Amihan said. – With Gerry Lee Gorit, Ben Serrano

Philstar
Facebook
  • Latest
  • Trending
Latest
Are you sure you want to log out?
X
Login

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

SIGN IN
or sign in with
Read and share the latest news
whenever and wherever you are.
Top Stories
Features the most relevant stories,
exclusive content, analyses and special reports.
As It Happens
Get bite-sized highlights and up-to-date
information as the news breaks.
Latest
View the most recent
stories of the day.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 1
Click the story in the As it Happens section.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 2
Click "Follow Story" for updates on the news.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Author
STEP 1
Click on the author's name in the article.
How to follow Author
STEP 2
Once you click on the author's name, you will be
brought to the Authors page. Click "Follow Author"
to stay updated on the author's works
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Tags
STEP 1
Click on a tag in the article.
How to follow Tags
STEP 2
When you click on a tag, it will take you to the
dedicated tag page where you'll see the article
viewed, along with other stories with that tag.

Click the "follow tag" button to stay updated on
the topic.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.