Tactical Operations Group XI, Sasa, Davao City
July 30, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte met with PO1 Alfredo Basibica Jr., a prisoner held captive by the New People’s Army (NPA), in Sasa, Davao City.

PO1 Basibica recounted that he was on his way to attend to his mother’s errands in the Southern Philippines Medical Center when he encountered a checkpoint being operated by the NPA at Barangay Panansalan in Compostela Valley Province on July 11, 2017. The same rebel group abducted him and held him prisoner for 17 days. He was later released on July 28, 2017, a day before his scheduled wedding, through the help of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President and the local government unit.

During their meeting, PO1 Basibica assured the President that he was not harmed in any way by his captors. He likewise expressed gratitude that despite the President’s recent order to cancel the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF), he was still released and is now safe with his family.

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