By Malu Cadelina Manar
Kidapawan City – After more than two weeks, the New People’s Army (NPA) in Southern Mindanao admitted holding captive a North Cotabato police official abducted in December last year.
NPA-Southern Mindanao spokesman Rigoberto Sanchez issued an official statement through an email regarding the capture of Insp. Menardo Nisperos Cui, deputy chief of police of President Roxas, North Cotabato.
Cui was abducted by at least five armed men in Barangay Tuael, President Roxas, on December 28.
Sanchez said it was their ‘Red fighters’ from the Mount Apo Sub-Regional Command NPA Front 53 that arrested Cui and declared him ‘POW’.
Bishop Colin Bagaforo of the Diocese of Kidapawan has organized a group of priests and religious leaders to negotiate for Cui’s safe release.