Troopers from the 8th Infantry Battalion are now conducting tracking operations against New People’s Army (NPA) fighters who abducted two soldiers in Barangay Buntungon, Impasugong, Bukidnon.
Lt. Norman, 8th Infantry Battalion civil-military operations officer, said that the troopers, identified as Pfcs Marnel Cinches and Jerrel Yorong, were discovered missing Wednesday.
Tracking teams also learned that the two were abducted by rebel forces around 4 p.m. last Aug. 22.
Tagros said that the two were on their way to rejoin their peace and development team in Barangay Buntungon after helping facilitate a Department of Labor and Employment livelihood project in Impasugong town when the NPAs flagged down the vehicles of the troopers and took them at gunpoint.
Tagros said NPAs under Lorna Pekabalyo and Noel Gabuki admitted to abducting the two soldiers who were in civilian clothing when snatched by the rebels.
Rescue operations are ongoing. PNA