BUTUAN CITY: NPA rebels suspected of kidnapping three Surigao del Norte policemen want Vice President Jejomar Binay to act as chief negotiator in behalf of the PNP, reports reaching The Philippine Preview said.
Last week, relatives of the abducted policemen pleaded to the government to negotiate with NPA rebels for the release of the three policemen.
The abducted police officers are now into their eighteenth day ordeal.
The Philippine Preview reported earlier the names of the policemen as PO3 Democrito O. Polvorosa, PO1 Marichel Unclara Contemplo and PO1 Jonrey M. Amper.
Both Polovosrosa and Contemplo were reported abducted somewhere in Pungtod, Alegria, Surigao del Norte while Amper was seized in Malimono.
The NPA rebels claimed the abductions as they sent word that they wanted suspension of military operations in Alegria town, Surigao del Norte Mayor Dominador Esma Jr. said the other day.
Esma said there is no designated negotiating team yet but he still informed Gov. Sol Folcadilla Matugas, Provincial Crisis Committee head, of the NPA’s request.
But 4th ID acting spokesman 1st Lt. Patrick Martinez confirmed that there is an on-going and continuing joint military and police operations launched in search for the missing three policemen.
Last Saturday, NPA rebels said they want Binay to negotiate with them as “a gesture of goodwill.”
The NPA rebels claimed DILG Sec. Mar Roxas broke down on his promise when he facilitated in the release of four policemen earlier kidnapped in Kitcharao. (WITH REPORTS FROM BEN SERRANO)