A group of armed men swooped down on Barangay Sta. Teresa, Loreto town, Agusan del Sur Sunday morning, and gathered around 70 male residents at the barangay’s elementary school, police reported.
The group then hogtied Barangay Kagawad Edgar Bantuasan, whom they accused of being a military informant.
They brought Bantuasan to Sitio Cabuga on a motorcycle and demanded for the withdrawal of police and military forces in the area in exchange for his release.
The armed men also threatened the villagers they will be killed if they continue to support government troops.
The Municipal Crisis Management Committee is being convened to handle situation.
Loreto police together with the government soldiers are pursuing the gunmen to rescue the kagawad.