NPA scored for abduction of Surigao del Norte cop

Published August 1, 2020, 1:50 PM

by Philippine News Agency

BUTUAN CITY – The Surigao del Norte Police condemned the New People’s Army (NPA) for allegedly abducting a police officer in Sison town on Friday.

Maj. Shalom Faye Cornelio of the provincial police’s information office said Staff Sgt. Restie R. Dandan, a member of the Sison municipal police, was kidnapped by armed men believed to be NPA combatants in Barangay San Isidro, Sison at about 8:30 a.m. on Friday.

“We are having a command conference today, as called by our provincial director, Col. Adolph C. Almendra,” to tackle Dandan’s abduction, Cornelio told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Saturday.
In a statement issued Friday, the provincial police denounced the NPA for abducting Dandan whom they described as a “just and upright police officer who dutifully performs his duties and responsibilities.”

“There is no basis why the terrorists NPA abducted PSSgt. Dandan. This is a violation of human rights and the manifestation of the continuing harassment being done by the NPA to the residents in the area,” it said, adding that Dandan is “a good family man and consistently served the people of Sison town.”

The Surigao del Norte Police said it has already coordinated with the Army to rescue the police officer.

It also urged the residents of Sison and its neighboring areas to report to the PNP any information that could help rescue Dandan.