ASUNCION, Davao del Norte: Following a clash between the 60th Infantry Battalion (60IB) and the New People’s Army (NPA) in Laak town in Compostela Valley province on Tuesday, parents of three teenage boys approached authorities for help, claiming their children have been taken by the terrorist group. Emerito Tanoko and his wife Marife said the rebels took their two sons—Raymond, 18 and Patrick, 16—about two weeks ago. Larry Masalote, said his 17-year-old son Sherwin was also taken by the NPA together with the Tanoko children. He said he feared for what could happen to his son since the latter was somewhat “mentally challenged.” He also couldn’t report his son’s kidnapping out of fear of the NPA’s retaliation. The 60IB together with the local Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office of Laak were able to extend aid to the affected residents of Barangay Ceboleda aside from conducting a community dialogue.