NPA abducts cop in DavOr

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 July) – The New People’s Army abducted a policeman in Cateel, Davao Oriental last Tuesday, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 announced Thursday.

Abducted was PO1 Alfredo Sillada Basabica Jr., who was detailed at the 2nd Platoon of Davao Oriental Public Safety Company based in Barangay Aliwagwag, Cateel in Davao Oriental.

In a statement, PRO 11 spokesperson Catherine dela Rey said the police officer was onboard a Malen Bus en route to Compostela Valley province when a group of armed men clad in military uniforms stopped them at Kilometer 26, Barangay Panansalan in Compostela Valley.

Based on initial investigation, she said that the armed men, who later turned out to be NPA members, boarded the bus and demanded identifications (IDs) from the passengers.

When Basabica showed his PNP-issued ID, the armed men forcibly removed him from the bus and brought him to unknown direction, according to Dela Rey.

Basabica is a member of 2015 batch of the PNP regular recruitment of the PRO 11.

Supt. Harry G. Espela, director of the Davao Oriental Provincial Police Office, said that Basabica was permitted to take a leave to process documents in preparation for his upcoming wedding by the end of this month.

Chief Supt. Manuel R. Gaerlan, PRO 11 regional director, condemned the abduction and asked the people to report the whereabouts of the victim to authorities. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)