Show sincerity in release of captive security personnel, AFP tells rebels

MANILA -- Show first your sincerity and then we'll talk.

This was the reaction of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Monday when asked about the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) announcement regarding the release of six troopers and security personnel whom the New People's Army (NPA) abducted late January and early this month.

"The NPA should prove and substantiate their announcements with clear and sincere actions, not propaganda," he added.

To be released are Pfc. Edwin Salan whom the NPAs abducted in Alegria, Surigao Del Norte last Jan. 29; Sgt. Solaiman Calucop, Pfc. Samuel Garay, who were snatched in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat last Feb. 2; PO2 Jerome Natividad who was bagged in Talakag, Bukidnon last Feb. 9; and militiamen Rene Doller and Carl Mark, who were both abducted in Lupon, Davao Oriental last Feb. 14.

"Hence, they should release the soldiers they have abducted immediately without any condition. Doing so would lessen the seriousness of their continuing crimes and add to any goodwill they wish to convey," Padilla stressed.

The CPP earlier said the release of the six "prisoners of war is their positive gesture to continue peace negotiations with the government."

They added the government can cooperate by withdrawing all its troops and in and around the areas where the captives will be released. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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