- PNP to rescue colleague taken captive by communist rebels despite Duterte’s no-rescue stance
- PCOO Secretary Sonny Coloma said the PNP will attempt to rescue the officer during the remaining days of the Aquino administration
- The rebels accused the abducted police officer as protector of drug traffickers
A Malacañang Palace official said the Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to rescue Chief Inspector Arnold Ongachen; the police chief of Gov. Generoso town in Davao Oriental who was abducted by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) on May 29.
This despite incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement he will no longer work for the release of Ongachen.
A female police officer and another woman were reportedly abducted along with the police chief.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Hermino “Sonny” Coloma said the PNP will do its duty to protect its policemen. According to a Sun Star article dated June 4, 2016, Coloma said he is not aware of Duterte’s statement.
“Ang batid ko ‘yung ay pahayag ng ating Philippine National Police at ang opisyal, ang posisyon ng PNP ay patuloy nilang sinisikap na mapawalan o ma-rescue o maalis sa pagkabihag ang mga police officers natin dahil hindi naman makatwiran at labag sa batas ng Republika ang pagkuha sa kanila at ito ay sisikapin nating maisagawa sa mga nalalabing araw ng Aquino administration,” he said over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.
[What I know is the official announcement of the Philippine National Police. The PNP’s position is to continue attempting to rescue the police officers from captivity because their abductions were not reasonable and against the law of the Republic. We will attempt to accomplish this in the remaining days of the Aquino administration.]
The NPA claimed they took captive the police officers because of popular demand from people to punish the protectors of rampant drug trafficking in the area.
An NPA commander reportedly told Duterte that a packet of shabu, an illegal substance, was found in the possession of Ongachen.