Army probes NPA claim that abducted soldier works for illegal loggers

/ 04:11 PM May 20, 2014

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, Philippines – Communist rebels have gotten their wish that the military investigate the alleged involvement in illegal logging of a soldier whom they abducted two weeks ago and freed on Monday.

Col. Harold Cabreros, commander of the Army’s 1003rd Infantry Brigade, said the military would not condone the illegal activities of their men.  Cpl. Rogelio Rosales of the 60th Infantry Battalion in Davao del Norte has been accused by the NPA of working for big illegal logging syndicates.


“We have to investigate his alleged involvement in nefarious activities. We don’t tolerate such misdemeanor,” Cabreros said following Rosales’ release.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who received Rosales from the communist rebels in a remote area of Talaingod town, said the soldier had admitted involvement in illegal logging activities in Davao del Norte.


“He asked for forgiveness,” he said.

The New People’s Army (NPA) said Rosales was working for logging syndicates that involved politicians, military men and police officers.

He was captured while “in the process of arranging for the transit of logs” in Florida village (in Kapalong) last May 3,” Ka Aris Francisco, spokesperson of the NPA’s Comval-North Davao-South Agusan Sub-Regional Command, said.

Francisco said aside from Davao del Norte, the illegal logging syndicates – known as the Big Four – have been operating in Compostela Valley.

Mayor Reynaldo Navarro of the upland town of Laak in Compostela Valley was among those the NPA accused of protecting illegal logging in the province.

Navarro has urged the NPA to stop “finger-pointing” and asked them to “join the campaign against illegal logging.”

“Illegal logging operations happen in the mountains and not in the lowlands. Who are the people in the mountains? If you (NPA) can find people engaging in illegal logging in your turfs, please do stop and apprehend them,” Navarro said.



AFP to investigate the death of suspected NPA leader’s baby

Bus firm garage bombed in Compostela Valley; cops see NPA extortion

2 suspected NPA rebels killed in Quezon clash

NPA accuses Davao governor of maintaining private army

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: 60th Infantry Battalion, Armed conflict, communist rebellion, Crime, Davao City, Harold Cabreros, Illegal Logging, Insurgency, investigation, Local authorities, Local Governments, mayor, New People's Army, News, Philippine Army, prisoner of war, rebellion, Regions, Rodrigo Duterte, Rogelio Rosales, soldiers
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.