NDF releases POW Arigonan in Maco

Rubi del Mundo
NDFP-Southern Mindanao
August 24, 2013

Upon orders of the National Democratic Front Southern Mindanao, Private First Class Rodello Canada Arigonan (serial number 776045) was released today in Barangay Panangan, Maco town, Compostela Valley at 1pm.

Arigonan, a 1001st Brigade Headquarters utility personnel of 23 years, was released to members of the Sowing the Seeds of Peace and to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Arigonan's wife was prevented by the military from meeting with her husband at the New People's Army release site. She was, instead, confined to the Brigade headquarters in Brgy. Mapaang, Maco.

The NDF cited humanitarian grounds as reasons for the release of Arigonan, who was captured by NPA operatives belonging to the Comval Davao Gulf Sub Regional Command last August 3 in the vicinity of the military headquarters.

The 1001st Brigade-10th Infantry Division has stepped up its offensive military operations in Pantukan, Maco and Mabini towns, affecting peasant and mining communities to pave the way for the resumption of large-scale gold mining operations of American owned Russel Mining and the NADECOR (Nationwide Development Corporation) now owned by the Villars and Calalang group. The 28th Infantry Battalion was already augmented by another company-sized soldiers.

As more and more troops abuse communities and occupy civilian facilities to ensure the entry of big mining operations, more and more fascist troops would become targets of NPA's punitive actions. The People's Democratic Government will continue to impose its  revolutionary policies on environmental protection and in defense of affected masses. It considers as enemies big foreign mining operators in cahoots with Filipino partners.