The Philippine Army has launched an infantry brigade-size operation to rescue the kidnapped member of the Revolutionary Proletarian Artmy-Alex Boncayao Brigade and those behind the series of killings of former and active members of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit in southern Negros.
Col. Francisco Delfin, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said yesterday that the 11th Infantry Battalion has been tasked to rescue RPA-ABB member Cirilo Bagnuran, through back-to-back security operations with 79th Infantry Battalion in southern Negros.
In the past several days, the 79IB figured in four armed skirmishes with suspected New People's Army rebels in Cauayan, Candoni and Hinobaan, that resulted in the killing of three rebels and an Army soldier.
Delfin joined the RPA-ABB and Philippine National Police in calling for the release of Bagnuran, whose abduction is a clear violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.
Senior Supt. Samuel Nacion, officer-in-charge of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, yesterday said they are coordinating with the family of Bagnuran and other witnesses, for the possible filing of charges against members of an NPA unit who are behind the abduction.
The abduction of Bagnuran was claimed by the Leonardo Panaligan Command, and also the raid on a cock farm and seizure of firearms of the RPA-ABB in La Castellana.
Nacion said they are trying to solve the abduction of Bagnuran in coordination with the AFP.
The NPA said they will put Bagnuran, whom they linked to murder incidents, on trial, by a people's court.*GPB
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