MANILA, Philippines–At least 5 government soldiers were released in Davao by the New People’s Army (NPA) on Wednesday which ended their 45 days captivity.

The soldiers identified as Corporal Emmanuel Quezon, Private First Class Bernie Padilla, Private First Class Ronald Gura, Private First Class Donato Estandia and Martiniano Pasigas Jr. were released to non-government organization, Sowing the Seeds of Peace, and Davao city Mayor Rudy Duterte, who were said to be the negotiator.

The said turn over happened around 4:30 p.m. Duterte held the soldiers and brought them to Camp Panacan, headquarters of the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom).

“We were not hurt, not even a pinch. We were treated nicely and with special treatment,” said Quezon.

The soldiers who were kidnapped by the rebels on June 17, were released properly by NPA Commander Parago in Sitio San Miguel in Barangay Paquibato.

They were released after the NPA concluded that they did not commit any human rights violation.

Meanwhile, the 5 soldiers were brought to Camp Panacan Station Hospital for their physical check up and other observations.

Written by:
ABEGAIL P. URBINA
ABCOM Intern
LNU Tacloban, Philippines