Arrested AFP soldiers, paramilitary undergoing investigations, treated well under NPA custody

Regional Political Department
Merardo Arce Command
NPA-Southern Mindanao

The Crucifino Uballas Command-Front 2 Operations Command of the New People's Army in Southern Mindanao implemented Wednesday, 12 May, the arrest order handed down by the local revolutionary People's Court against three soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and a paramilitary Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) under the 72nd Infantry Battalion of the 10th Infantry Division-Eastern Mindanao Command-AFP.

The arrested AFP/Paramilitary men were Barangay (village) Limbo, Maco detachment commander Cpl. Marcial B. Bawagan (SN 794130) and his assistant detachment commander Cpl. Ariel P. Asumo (SN 803445); Barangay Anitapan, Mabini detachment commander Cpl. Eduardo Alcala (SN 806489) and paramilitary Victor Pitogo (SN 006279). They were arrested at around 10:30 AM in Barangay Conception, Mawab, Compostela Valley Province.

The arrest order was handed down by the local revolutionary People's Court against the AFP/Paramilitary men for the following complaints:

  1. Active counter-revolutionary activities;

  2. A number of human rights violations perpetrated against the masses in their areas of responsibility. In fact, their victims have already filed complaints against Cpls. Bawagan and Asumo in the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines but the case suffered inaction;

  3. Violation of the People's Democratic Government regulations especially within the guerilla bases. Barangay Conception where Cpl. Bawagan lives is located in a guerilla base.

The four AFP/paramilitary men are undergoing investigation. The NPA-Southern Mindanao assures their families that they are being treated well under the revolutionary movement's strict adherence to the international humanitarian law and war protocols.