Mayor Herny Dano of Lingig, Surigao del Sur, has appealed for the suspension of military operations against a band of New People’s Army guerrillas that has been holding him captive since August 6.
In a voice message e-mailed Wednesday to the media by Rubi del Mundo, spokesperson of the National Democratic Front in Southern Mindanao, Dano addressed his call to President Benigno Aquino III.
Governor Rodolfo del Rosario of Davao del Norte also called for the suspension of military operations to rescue four jail guards of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology who were taken by the NPA in Bukidnon last July.
Del Rosario met with the wives and other relatives of the captives on Tuesday. Also in the meeting were representatives of the group Sowing the Seeds of Peace, which is composed of religious and human rights and peace advocates.