THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it will rescue the chief of police of Genereso town in Davao Oriental who was abducted by suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels last week.
The statement came after President-elect Rodrigo Duterte earlier said that he is leaving it to the NPA “court” to try and hear the case of Chief Insp. Arnold Ongachen, an alleged drug protector.
The rebels claimed that they seized illegal drugs from Ongachen after grabbing him.
“You have a kangaroo court. Sentence him to 20 years of hard labor. I said I’d be hard (on illegal drugs.) I’m sorry for that guy,” Duterte said.
Rigoberto Sanchez, a rebel spokesman, said Ongachen is currently being interrogated by the NPA.
The PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, said they have a mandate to protect and secure the life of any victim of abduction.
“He [Ongachen] has a family and we are hoping and wishing that he would be able to return safely to them alive,” Mayor told reporters at a news briefing in Camp Crame in Quezon City.
In the past, Mayor noted that Duterte himself initiated talks to free police and military personnel abducted by the NPA.
The incoming President has vowed to stamp out drug trafficking and other high crimes during the first six months of his administration.
He will take his oath of office on June 30, succeeding President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
Ongachen was snatched by the communist rebels after raiding the Generoso Police Station.