POWs in Far South assure families of lenient treatment, calls for end to AFP operations

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New People’s Army
Valentin Palamine Regional Operations Command
Far South Mindanao

Press Release | February 14, 2017

The Regional Operations Command of Far South Mindanao today released proof of life audio messages and photos of Sgt. Solaiman Calocop and Pfc. Samuel Garay of the 39IB-PA, currently held as Prisoners of War by the Mt. Alip Sub-Regional Operations Command.

In separate audio messages, POW Calocop and POW Garay both assured their families that they are being treated well by their NPA custodial unit. POW Calocop, particularly, noted the NPA’s respect to his religion. The two are presently being investigated for their involvement in the crimes perpetrated by the 39th IB against the people and the revolutionary movement.

The two POWs also appealed to their battalion commander and the AFP to cease all military operations as these only endanger their lives and safety. At present, however, combat troops of the 39th IB are still operating in Sultan Kudarat while their peace and development outreach program teams continue to make peasant and Lumad communities as military garrisons.

Below are the full transcripts of their audio messages.

KA DENCIO MADRIGAL
Spokesperson, Valentin Palamine Command
New People’s Army Regional Operations Command


Sgt. Solaiman Calocop audio message:

I am Sgt. Solaiman Calocop, 819608, Infantry Philippine Army, Charlie Company, 39ID, Sitio Lam Alis, Brgy. Datal Blao, Colombio, Sultan Kudarat.

I became a POW last February 2 at 7:00 in the morning. We were captured in Sitio, in New Bantangan en route to the battalion.

I am appealing to my battalion commander, Ltc. Harold Argamosa, sir, and to the Armed Forces of the Philippines to cease operations because it endangers our lives. I am appealing to our government, especially to Pres. Rodrigo Roa “Digong” Duterte to help us return to our families because my wife cannot raise our 5 children alone.

To my beloved wife and children, siblings and relatives, I am free to pray the Sambayang here. The NPA are kind and disciplined, they do not harm us, they feed us. They make our tents first before they make their own. They wash our clothes for us. To my family, do not tire asking our government for help.

Ako si Sgt. Solaiman Calocop, 819608, Infantry Philippine Army, Charlie Company, 39ID, Sitio Lam Alis, Brgy. Datal Blao, Colombio, Sultan Kudarat.

Napasok po ako sa POW noong February 2, alas-7 ng umaga. Nahuli kami sa Sitio, sa New Bantangan habang (byaheng) papuntang batalyon.

Nanawagan po ako sa aking battalion commander, Ltc. Harold Argamosa, sir, at sa Armed Forces of the Philippines na itigil po ang operasyon dahil ito po ang magpapahamak sa amin. Nanawagan po ako sa gobyerno, lalong-lalo na kay Pres. Rodrigo Roa “Digong” Duterte, na tulungan kaming makabalik sa aming pamilya dahil hirap itaguyod ng asawa ko ang lima naming mga anak.

Sa mahal kong mga asawa’t anak, mga kapatid at kamag-anak, malaya po akong nakakapag-Sambayang dito. Mababait po at disiplinado ang mga NPA, hindi po sila nananakit, pinapakain po kami. Inuuna po nila yung aming tulugan bago sa kanila. Sila po yung naglalaba sa aming mga damit. Sa aking mga kapamilya, huwag lang po kayong magsawa humingi ng tulong sa ating gobyerno natin.


Pfc. Samuel C. Garay, Jr. audio message:

I am Pfc. Samuel C. Garay, Jr., 901760, Infantry Philippine Army, 39IB-10ID, Charlie Company and assigned at Sitio Lam Alis, Brgy. Datal Blao, Colombio, Sultan Kudarat.

We became POWs on February 2, 2017, at around 7:00 I think. We left our detachment and were going to our battalion in Makilala. On the way, we were captured by the NPA in Crossing Bantangan and until now, February 13, we are still in their custody.

I am appealing to our 39IB battalion commander, sir, we hope that you will help us and that there will be no operation for our safety. And I am also appealing to our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to help us return to our families.

And to my family and my wife, do not worry about our situation because we are okay here. Do not worry because we are being treated lenietly. They do not harm us or anything. That’s all and don’t worry about us here. That’s all, thank you.

Ako si Pfc. Samuel C. Garay, Jr., 901760, Infantry Philippine Army, 39IB-10ID, Charlie Company ug na-assign sa Sitio Lam Alis, Brgy. Datal Blao, Colombio, Sultan Kudarat.

Na-POW mi kaniadtong February 2, 2017, sa oras nga mga alas-7 siguro to. Nagbaba mi sa among detachment padulong sa among battalion sa Makilala. Sa among pagbiyahe, nadakpan mi sa NPA sa dalan sa banda sa Crossing Bantangan ug hangtud karon February 13, nag-uban gihapon mi nga nadakpan nila.

Ug nanawagan sa among battalion commander sa 39IB, sir, hinaot unta tabangan mi nimo ug walay operation nga mahitabo para sa among kaayohan. Ug nanawagan pud ko sa atong presidente nga si Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte nga tabangan na unta mi niya nga makauli mi sa among pamilya.

Ug sa akong pamilya ug sa akong asawa, ayaw mo og kabalaka sa among kahimtang karon kay okay lang mi diri. Ayaw mog kabalaka kay maayo ang ilang pagtrato sa amoa. Wala mi nila gipasakitan o giunsa pa man. Kato lang ug ayaw mog kabalaka nga okay lang mi diria. Mao lang to, daghang salamat.

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