NPA releases video of abducted soldiers
MANILA -- The North Central Mindanao Regional Command of the New People's Army (NPA) on Sunday has released a video of the two abducted soldiers in Bukidnon.
The two soldiers identified themselves as PFC Marnel Cinches and PFC Jerrel Yorong.
The soldiers' hands were tied, and they were shown reading something from a piece of paper.
They are appealing to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and government officials to pay attention to their condition to facilitate their release.
They also told their families not to worry as they are safe and are treated well by the rebels.
Both Cinches and Yorong are members of the Bravo Company of the 8th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army. They were abducted last August 22 while performing community service in Barangay Bontungo, Impasug-ong in Bukidnon.
Meanwhile, Major Christian Uy, spokesperson of the 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, expressed relief that the two soldiers are safe and alive.
He also asked the rebels to release the soldiers as they were unarmed and were only helping the residents in the area. -- with reports from Conchita Tanate, ABS-CBN News Northern Mindanao