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Lorenzana: No stopping AFP ops vs NPA for release of captured troops

/ 03:35 PM January 18, 2019
Lorenzana: No stopping AFP ops vs NPA for release of captured troops

ARMED COMPONENT New People’s Army guerrillas stand in formation somewhere in the Caraga region, in this photo taken in 2011. Military and defense officials claimed NPA numbers were declining quickly because of mass surrenders and defections. —DENNIS JAY SANTOS

DATU ODIN SINSUAT — The military would not stop its operations against communist rebels in exchange for the release of captured security forces, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Friday.

His statements came after the New People’s Army (NPA) in Northeastern Mindanao Region said they were just waiting for the suspension of military and police operations for the safe release of government troops abducted in two separate operations last year.

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Twelve militiamen and two Special Forces soldiers were abducted by NPA after it attacked a military detachment in Agusan del Sur last December 19. Another militiaman was captured in Agusan del Norte last November 29.

“No, no. Alam naman ng mga CAFGU (Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit) saka military na nahuli na kasama sa kanilang trabaho ‘yun na kung mahuli sila eh we will go through the process pero ;di titigil ang operations,” Lorenzana told reporters.

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(No, no. The abducted CAFGU and military are aware that if they get captured while on duty, we will go through the process but we will not stop the operations.)

He said they would not stop government operations against the rebels especially now that the military are at an advantage.

“Ngayon pang lumalamang tayo, stop pa ba?” he said.

(Now that we are we gaining grounds, are we going to stop?)    /kga

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