Communist rebels release two police captives to Senator Manny Pacquiao

• Two police captives were released by communist rebels to Senator Manny Pacquiao
• Released were Chief Inspector Arnold Olgachen, chief of police of Governor Generoso town, and Police Officer 1 Michael Grande of the Banaybanay municipal police
• A spokesperson for the NDFP said the released captives have apologized for their violations against the people

Two police officers who were held as prisoners of war by the New People’s Army in Mindanao were released to government officials and peace advocates led by Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao.

As per an article published by InterAksyon, the release of the two police officers coincided with the end of the first round of the resumed peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Oslo, Norway.

Released were Chief Inspector Arnold Olgachen, chief of police of Governor Generoso town, and Police Officer 1 Michael Grande of the Banaybanay municipal police, both in Davao Oriental.

The two were welcomed by their respective families and by Senator Pacquiao, who arrived in Davao Oriental with Compostela Valley 2nd District Representative Ruwel Peter Gonzaga, Davao City Councilor Leah Librado-Yap, Glan Municipal Councilor Cyril Yap, Reverend Jurie Jaime of Exodus of Justice and Peace, and other church leaders.

Olgachen, accused by the NPA to be involved in illegal drugs, was captured last May 28, while Grande was seized last June 19. He was accused of abuses against local residents of Lupon, Davao Oriental.

Rubi del Mundo of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines South Mindanao Region said the two prisoners of war have apologized for their violations against the people.

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