Cop seized by armed men in Surigao town

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/12 November) – Unidentified armed men snatched a novice policeman on Wednesday morning in Malimono town in Surigao del Norte, Senior Inspector Rosemarie Molabola, community relations head of the Philippine National Police provincial office said.

Molabola said PO1 Jonry M. Amper was driving his XRM Honda motorbike in Barangay Bunyasan at around 9:45 A.M. when he was flagged down by at least eight heavily armed men believed to be members of the New People Army (NPA).

The suspected rebels were believed to have brought Amper to the mountainous part of Barangay Tinago in Malimono.

A police report also said that Amper was conducting discreet surveillance on reports that unidentified armed men were roaming in Bunyasan.

MindaNews tried to call Malimono Mayor Teodoro Senaca but failed to reach him.

Marcelino Rojo, Jr., a policeman assigned in Malimono town told MindaNews on Wednesday afternoon he was worried over the abduction of his colleague.

“I hope and pray that the abductors will not hurt him and bring him back safe to his family as soon as possible,” he said.

Last Last July 10, an NPA blocking force flagged down four policemen aboard a patrol car in Barangay Puntod, Alegria, Surigao del Norte while other rebels attacked the police station.

The rebels freed the four policemen on July 29 in Hinimbangan, a remote village of Kitcharao town in Agusan del Norte. (Roel N. Catoto/MindaNews)