THREE prisoners of war (POWs) were released by New People's Army (NPA) on August 26 to Senator Emmanuel "Pacman" Pacquiao in Maragusan town, Compostela Valley province and  Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.

The POW's are Chief Inspector Arnold Ongachen, station commander of Governor Generoso police station, and Senior Inspector Michael Grande of Banaybanay police -- were facilitated by the senator with representatives of the Exodus for Justice and Peace as third party facilitator.

The other facilitated release was of Police Officer 1 Richard Yu assigned at the Carmen police station in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.

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Ongachen and Grande were abducted in separate operations last May and June.

Ongachen, in a brief speech during the turnover, said they were treated well by the NPAs during their captivity.

"Wala mi nila dagmali. Gi-tratar mi nila og maayo (They did not torture us. Instead, they have treated us well)," Ongachen said.

Ongachen planned to take a leave first to have time with his family before he goes back to work.

Grande, for his part, thanked the NPA rebels for their treatment and he was looking forward to go back to work.

Exodus Justice for Peace convenor Jayme Jurie appreciated the NPA's observance of rules of war.

Jurie said he is optimistic that peace will soon be achieved through the ongoing peace process. AJRSP

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