MALITA – A councilor of Barangay Little Baguio in Malita, Davao Occidental was released to tribal leaders on Wednesday after he was abducted from suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA).
Chief Inspector Dave Mejia, head of the Malita police, said armed men abducted Kagawad Luis Angos from his home in Sitio Paglidong last Monday morning.
"Matagal nang kagawad sa Little Baguio si kagawad. Marami siyang sympathizer. Kumpiyansa lang siya kasi wala naman siyang kasalanan," Mejia said.
Lt. Col. Marion Angcao, commander of 73rd Infantry Battalion, said the alleged communist rebels were asking for ransom money and two M-16 firearms.
From Barangay Little Baguio in Malita, Angos was reportedly brought to Malapatan town in Sarangani Province.
Some 300 tribal leaders and residents decided to go to the location and attempted to negotiate with the rebels under the Guerilla Front 71.
The negotiation was successful and Angos was released at 2 a.m. on Wednesday.
No ransom money and firearms were given to the abductors, according to Angcao.
"Before kasi, mass base ang [Sitio] Paglidong. We don’t know in particular ano ang naging negotiations, pero ang gusto talaga nila, i-control ang area ng Paglidong," Angcao said.