NPA turns over captive soldier to Duterte, church leaders

LAS NIEVES, Agusan del Norte (MindaNews / 01 January) – The New People’s Army released an Army soldier they held captive for 104 days to Davao City mayor and Presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte and religious leaders on New Year’s eve, December 31.

Ricardo Manili of the NPA guerilla front 4A said the National Democratic Front released Army Corporal Adriano Bingil as “an act of goodwill and humanitarian consideration “ for the resumption of the stalled peace talks between the government and the rebels.

Bingil was captured by the rebels while driving a motorcycle in Barangay Mahagsay, San Luis town in Agusan del Sur last Sept. 19, 2015.

REUNITED. Army Sgt. Adriano Bingil is reunited with wife, Genalyn and their two-year-old daughter, Phoebe, after 104 days in captivity. Bingil was released to Davao City mayor and Presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte and the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform in Barangay Durian, Las Nieves, Augsan del Norte on New Year’s eve, December 31, 2015. MindaNews photo by Froilan Galla
REUNITED. Army Sgt. Adriano Bingil is reunited with wife, Genalyn and their two-year-old daughter, Phoebe, after 104 days in captivity. Bingil was released to Davao City mayor and Presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte and the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform in Barangay Durian, Las Nieves, Augsan del Norte on New Year’s eve, December 31, 2015. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo

He was reunited with his mother Myrna, wife Genalyn, and their two daughters, eight-year old Precious and two-year old Phoebe.

“Though I was handcuffed every time, the rebels treated me well during my 104 days of captivity,” Bingil told reporters after he was released.

He said he would like to go back to soldiering and to return to his mother Army unit, the 28th Infantry Battalion.

Duterte said he was glad the rebels released Bingil, whose family sought his help.

FREED. Davao City mayor and Presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte (right) receives Army Sgt. Adriano Bingil (left, in white shirt) from the New Peoples Army in Barangay Durian, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte on New Year’s eve, Dec. 31, 2015. Bingil was released after 104 days in captivity. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo
FREED. Davao City mayor and Presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte (right) receives Army Sgt. Adriano Bingil (left, in white shirt) from the New Peoples Army in Barangay Durian, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte on New Year’s eve, Dec. 31, 2015. Bingil was released after 104 days in captivity. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo

“His release is timely considering tonight is already New Year. It will be a happy reunion with his family, “ he said.

Duterte reiterated the call of the NDF for a resumption of peace talks adding this would end 47 years of bitter fighting between the government and the rebels.

He said no country will progress if it remainsdivided by a brutal war in the country sides.

For his part, Bishop Felixberto Calang of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente and convenor of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform said it was the right gift for the Bingil family.

“The family has suffered for 104 days and this is beautiful ending,” Calang said.

The presence of Duterte, who arrived on a private helicopter, thrilled residents of this hinterland village, 30 kilometers south of Butuan City.

Saturnino Kipkipan, Barangay Durian chair, said he was happy that they were able to see and hear Duterte whom they heard so much about through the radio.

He said only the posters of Liberal Party contenders Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo have reached their village.

“Now we can see and hear from the presidential aspirant himself, Kipkipan said.

Kipkipan said the NPA rebels arrived in their village on Wednesday night and their presence brought fear to the residents.

He said the rebels managed to allay the fears of the villagers who readily consented having their village as venue for Bingil’s release.

“We realized the humanitarian consideration and we are happy to see the reunion of Bingil and his family,” he said.

Duterte brought Bingil back to the Army’s 4th Infantry advance command post in Bancasi, Butuan City where he presented the soldier to Brig. Gen. Paul Atal, assistant division commander.

Capt. Patrick Martinez, 4ID spokesperson, said Bingil will be returned to his mother unit, the 28th IB, and his family after a through medical check-up by Army doctors. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)

  • ej1015

    marami pa tong scene na ganito dahil game plan to ni dodirty strategy baga! so don’t be suprise, ga gamitin pa si mar at leni to do his dirty job.

    • CLEAR

      hahaha! please do some research matagal na yan ginagawa ni Mayor Duterte . . . ngayon lang nalagay sa limelight dahil tatakbo ng presidente. . . kung hindi ba yan tatakbo meron bang ibabalita tungkol sa ginawa niya . . . before you comment do some research . . .

      • peace

        tama!do some research…ganun nga din ginagawa ko para makapili ng karapat -dapt na kandidato….kaya #duterte kami…#deathpenalty para manahimik na ang mga kriminal…

    • Alvin Balano

      Really? Ahhh wow galing mo ha….buti kapa alam mo. Kung alam mo lang talaga ang tunay na Duterte baka mamangha ka! Ang tagal na kasi nyang ginagawa nyan eh….at hindi lang yan, nagpapa hostage din nyan cya kapalit ng ibang hostage.

      Just open your mind. Anyway we don’t need your vote. At least hindi kami makokonsinsya sa iboboto nmin kasi alam nmin kung sinong karapat dapat I vote para sa kapakanan ng bawat mamayan at hindi lang sa iilan. For God sake Gising na po pinoy….
      Federal form of government is what we need now….pera ng ibang lungsod at provinces sa Manila nalang palagi napupunta. Tapos dadaan sa mga national politicians na corrupt, naks kunti nalang maiwan…tapos ang project substandard na…kawawa mahihirap.

      Tip: Do a research what is Federalism…Thanks

    • cired

      cge nga sino ba iboboto mo sa pag ka presidente, para alam ng mga ilan dito?

    • Edmund Uy Saño Jr.

      Cired

      Bigla kang natahimik dyan. Ayan kasi, padalos dalos k kasi, research dn kasi pg may time.

      Bigyan nalang kita ng kunting history. mula p nong mud 90’s ginagawa n yan n digong. Bago pa naupo s digong s davao ay controlado n ng NPA ang davao noon pro nong naupo sya lumaban sila at sinuportahan sya ng mga taga davao. N kidnap din s digong ng mga NPA at muntik nang hatolan ng kamatayan. Pro dahil s imbistigasyon nila nalaman nilang patas at mabuting leader s digong kaya pinakawalan nila at binantaang titirahin pg naging abusado. At mula din s panahon n yon nakuha n digong ang respeto ng NPA.

      yang pag tubos n yan s mga POW ay lagi nang ginagawa n digong mula p nong mid 90’s. Hndi lang nababalita, ngayun lang nag mumukhang political dahil s mga black propaganda.

      Kaya sunod alamin muna ang detalye ha bago mag pupuputak para hndi k napapa hiya.

      Peace po. Good day.

  • Bahay Kubo

    oh, the commander says so to boost his candidacy

    • Alvin Balano

      )Matagal na po yan ginagawa ni Duterte….you are Just blinded by your presidential candidate.
      Kung hindi dahil kay Mayor malamang patay na yang POW.

  • myrin

    du30 has his word…kami ang lumapit sa kanya para tulungan ma release ang pinsan ko he ddnt promise but he did..kahit hindi nya territory ang butuan…

  • Anonymous

    hahaha..tahimik ang mga bobotanteng “Mar supporters” dito..kasi wala silang masasabi kay duterte dito eh…nganga nalang sila…LOL