Woman rescued from suspected NPA rebels

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 29 2014 10:17 PM | Updated as of Jan 30 2014 06:17 AM

COMPOSTELA VALLEY -- Troops from Philippine Arrmy's 71st Infantry Batallion, with the help of locals, on Wednesday rescued a woman taken hostage by alleged New People's Army (NPA) rebels on December 27.

"Joy" (not her real name) told Army officials after she was rescued that she was taken by armed men from her home in Barangay Teresa, Maco to be "investigated" for taking a video of the NPA anniversary program on December 26.

"Takot na takot ako habang naririnig ang mga putukan," Joy recounted to authorities.

According to Lt. Col. Denniz Tanzo, Battalion Commander of the 71st IB, civilians gave them a sketch of Joy's whereabouts, which helped them in her rescue.

Joy is now under the custody of the Maco police, even as authorities promised to protect her and her family. -- Report from Claire Cornelio, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao