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PIA Press Release
2010/05/07

Reds abduct town mayor visiting sick child

by Cpt. Emmanuel R Garcia

Camp Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City (7 May) -- A town Mayor in Surigao del Sur Province and four of his companions were abducted by New People's Army (NPA) 6:00 AM Wednesday in the boundary of Lankilaan, Trento, Agusan del Sur and Pasian, Monkayo, Compostela Valley (ComVal) Provinces.

Mayor Roberto Luna Jr of Lingig town and several of his companions were reportedly on their way to visit his sick child confined at Davao Doctors Hospital when they were held at gunpoint by about 30 armed NPAs led by alias Daryl of the Local Terrorist Front-20.

Luna and his four police and army escorts were disarmed and were taken hostage by the terrorists.

In April, former Lupon town mayor Arfran Quinones who is eyeing for re-election together with a former Village official were abducted by NPA terrorists in the village of Marayag in Lupon town in Davao Oriental Province.

In March, two followers of a local candidate in Davao City were abducted and later freed while their vehicle was car-napped and later left on the roadside after the candidate reportedly refused to give-in to the NPA terrorists' extortion demand.

Last March also a soldier visiting his ailing wife in their home was shot dead by NPA terrorists in the village of Lasang in Bunawan District in Davao City. (, Chief-Public Affairs Office) [top]

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