NDF releases video clips, photos of Four PNP/BJMP Prisoners of War

Rubi Del Mundo
NDF-Southern Mindanao
August 29, 2011

More than a month after they were taken under custody, the four PNP/BJMP prisoners of war of the New People’s Army, Jail Inspector Murphy Bomoway Todyog (Badge No. 0-08021), Jail Warden Erico Dacillo Llamasares (Badge No. 0-07022), Special Jail Officer 2 (SJ02) Rogelio Begontes (Badge No. 960187), and Jail Officer 1 (JOI) Rolando Delta Bajoyo, Jr., are well , as shown in the video clips and photos taken on August 23 and released by the National Democratic Front Southern Mindanao. Pointedly criticizing the ongoing military offensives of the Philippine Army as thwarting their freedom, the four also urged the GPH to expedite more effort in the negotiations.

The GPH is not interested in the speedy resolution of the cases of the NPA captives. Despite the groundswell of calls for negotiations, the GPH spokesperson is actually the fascist Eastern Mindanao Command AFP which insists on declaring unrestrained military offensives camouflaged as peace and development outreach program in the region. It is illusory to equate the POWs’ calls for a suspension of military operation as a script with military spokesperson Leopoldo Galon, Jr. saying that the NPA purportedly wants to stop the operations out of fear of an “organizational collapse.” Surely, a people’s army that has more than four decades of experience and accomplishments in the revolutionary war cannot be dismembered with fascist dogs wearing innocuous collars.

The NPA’s humane and lenient treatment of the four POWs in compliance with Protocol 1 of the Geneva Conventions indicates the high level of understanding by the people’s army as regards to the application of international humanitarian law in the ongoing civil war. In contrast, the AFP distorts facts to suit its counter-revolutionary thrust, justifies the Oplan Bayanihan military operations as rescue missions and makes it an occasion to control peasant villages and preclude people’s resistance. Even as the NDF is open and ready to tackle the case of the NPA POWs within the framework of the peace talks, the GPH prolongs the incarceration of political detainees and apprehended JASIG-protected NDF consultants, maliciously demonizing them as criminals and mercilessly protracting the agony of their families and loved ones who are suffering from an unjust reactionary GPH judicial system.


Jail Inspector Murphy Todyog

I am Jail Inspector Murphy B. Todyog and today is Tuesday, the 23rd of August. Our situation here is okay, although it is cold here in the mountains. They treat us humanely, we were not harmed.

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To my family, don’t worry because I’m alright, despite our situation where we are sometimes wet and cold from the rains. We are still alive.

To the negotiating panel of the government’s side, I hope they’ll expedite the negotiation so that we can go back to our families. We’re here for almost a month already. The people here are treating us well.

To the operations of the Armed Forces, although that is their job, but we are appealing that you give way to the negotiation so that the process of our release will not be delayed.

Jail Inspector Erico D. Llamasares

I am Jail Inspector Erico D. Llamasares. They are treating us well. They provide us our basic needs such as food and water.

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To my family, don’t worry, I’m okay here. Just wait for our return.

To the government negotiation, I appeal that the military operations be stopped to expedite our release. I believe that the military operations have caused the delay of our release, please give way for our release.

SJ02 Rogelio Begontes

I am Rogelio Begontes, one of the POWs in the July 21 incident. I was assigned at the Ozamis City Jail as a paralegal escort.

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As POWs, we are treated well here. We miss our families. Here, they treat us as their visitors. They provide for our needs such as food. They always check our health. We were not harmed, not even verbally or physically.

I call on my family not to worry because we’re okay here. We’re in good condition.

To the government, we appeal for our immediate release because our families need us. To the negotiators, I hope they will exert more effort to expedite our release.

I hope that it won’t be long because we badly miss our families.

Jail Officer 1 Rolando Bajoyo Jr

I am Officer 1 Rolando Bajoyo Jr. Regarding our situation here, we’re alright. They treat us well.

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To my family, please don’t worry, we will return home.

We appeal to the Philippine Army, please, suspend the military operations to expedite our release. We hope to be reunited with our families.