Leftist rebels seize policeman, soldier in Compostela
Rosalinda L. Orosa (The Philippine Star) - January 18, 2013 - 7:00pm

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Xinhua) - Leftist rebels have abducted a soldier and a policeman in the southern Philippines and operations have been launched to rescue the victims, the military said today.

About 30 New People's Army guerrillas, at least a dozen of whom in military uniforms, set up a checkpoint along a village road in typhoon-devastated Compostela Valley province in Mindanao, and snatched a soldier and a policeman, according to Jacob Obligado, commander of the army's 10th civil-military operations battalion.

Obligado said the incident happened around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday in Imelda village, with the insurgents stopping motorists and conducting personal checks.

"(The soldier) was on his way to visit his girlfriend at the nearby village when seized," Obligado told Xinhua in a text message. He said the victims had happened to pass by the rebel checkpoint when abducted. The kidnappers then fled, bringing along with them the two victims.
 

COMPOSTELA VALLEY IMELDA JACOB OBLIGADO MILITARY MINDANAO NEW PEOPLE OBLIGADO SOLDIER VICTIMS VILLAGE XINHUA
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