By Jerry Alcayde
CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro – The New People’s Army (NPA) on Tuesday announced the release of a member of Citizen’s Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) whom it held captive for 17 days together with two others in Bansud town.
Ka Madaay Gasic, spokesperson of Lucio de Guzman Command of NPA operating in Mindoro, said Raymando R. Malupa, a CAFGU member who was reporting for the Army 203rd Brigade, was released unharmed last Monday in a forested area of Bansud and handed over to a political personality who is running for mayor.
In an email sent to the media, Gasic thanked the civilian population in the area for the successful release of Malupa despite the massive operations being waged by the Army and Philippine National Police (PNP).
Malupa was captured last April 5 along with Peter de los Santos, barangay captain of Barangay Malo, Bansud, and his barangay tanod chief, Rocky Bueta.
Gasic said they confiscated from de los Santos a .45 caliber pistol with a magazine and 14 bullets and two transceiver radios.
Delos Santos and Buetea were released after just 24 hours in custody. Malupa was kept captive after he underwent the rebels’ own version of judicial process.
Gasic said Malupa admitted his anti-NPA operations and intelligence activities which led to the arrest of civilians suspected of having connection with the communist insurgents.