NPA frees police officer after 7 months

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 27 July) – A police officer held captive by the New People’s Army (NPA) for seven months was released on Friday afternoon.

The rebel group released Insp. Menardo Nisperos Cui in Sitio Apog Apog, Barangay Panaka Magpet, North Cotabato.

Police Regional Office 11 spokesperson Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz said Cui was flown by helicopter to Camp Catitipan in Davao City where his mother, Filomena, was waiting.

She said Cui became emotional upon knowing his wife died of cancer while he was being held in captivity.

In a statement published on its website on January 12, 2018, the NPA’s Mt. Apo Sub-Regional Command said it abducted the 48-year old deputy chief of police of President Roxas, North Cotabato on December 28 and subsequently declared him a prisoner of war for his “counterinsurgency activities and possible crimes against the masses and the revolutionary movement.”

“As a legitimate exercise of belligerent political authority on behalf of the People’s Democratic Government, the NPA is tasked to arrest, detain and investigate personnel of the reactionary armed forces who are actively engaged in the armed conflict,” it read.

Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go received Cui on behalf of government. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)