Soldier held by NPA escapes

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 August) –A soldier held captive by the New People’s Army since June 10 escaped late Friday afternoon, a month after his fellow captive did.

In a statement e-mailed late Saturday night, the Eastern Mindanao Command said Cpl Johannes Parreño of  the 28th Infantry Battalion escaped at around 5 p.m. on August  in Barangay Lambog, Manay, Davao Oriental.

Parreño and CAA Dindo Sagayno were abducted in a mobile checkpoint of the NPA in Crossing Pising, Barangay Taguibo in Mati City on June 10 while on their way back to their headquarters in Mati after attending a school supplies giving activity in Tarragona, Davao Oriental.

Sagayano escaped on July 6 when elements of the 701st Brigade encountered the NPA in at Langgawisan 1, Barangay Ompao in Tarragona town.

Lt. Col Jacob Thadeus Obligado, chief of the 67th Infantry Battalion said Parreño escaped while his troops were pursuing the NPA in Manay town.

After his escape, Parreño sought the help of officials in Barangay Lambog in Manay, who turned him over to Obligado.

“With the support of the local government officials and the people of Davao Oriental we have been tracking the abductors  which became the basis of the sustained and relentlessly focused military operations  by 701st Brigade units, (67th IB and 28th IB) to rescue our troops which eventually paid off,” Obligado said.  (MindaNews)