KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – After an armed encounter with Army troops Monday March 20, fleeing Communist NPA Terrorists kidnapped a family of three (3) farmers and used them as human shields in Misamis Occidental Province.
The Communist NPA Terrorists’ abduction of civilians for use their human shields was confirmed by Mayor Junie Roa and Roxas Barangay Chair Marieta Dologaog both of Aloran Municipality, Misamis Occidental.
The two (2) local chief executives reported that three (3) of their constituents were forcibly taken from their home and used as human shields by 10 Communist NPA Terrorists while retreating after their armed encounter with 10th Infantry Battalion troops at Barangay Sinampongan of the same municipality.
The 10th Infantry Battalion immediately conducted rescue operations for the kidnapped civilians. The kidnapped civilians were released after the Communist NPA Terrorists were able use them as human shields to scamper away from the Army’s rescue operations. Two (2) of the kidnapped civilians were husband and wife farmers Renie and Aireen Ando. The house of the victims were approximately 500 meters from armed encounter site.
Major General Roseller G Murillo, Commander of JOINT TASK FORCE ZAMPELAN, described this terroristic act of kidnapping innocent civilians for use as human shields as a crime against the International Humanitarian Law and the act of desperate criminal cowards who care nothing about the welfare and safety of the people.
Major General Murillo. acknowledged the help of the local government chief executives particularly Aloran Mayor Junie Roa who was instrumental in helping the AFP locate Communist NPA Terrorist in his municipality.
He added that the Communist NPA Terrorists are no different from the Daesh-inspired terrorist who attacked and burned Marawi- they share the same terroristic tactics to attain their respective terrorist goals.