Missing soldier back to his unit

David Yu Santos
Army Major Ramon Torres, who was reported missing after fleeing from suspected rebels in Zamboanga Sibugay on Saturday morning, has been located.

MANILA, Philippines – Army Major Ramon Torres, who was reported missing after fleeing from suspected rebels in Zamboanga Sibugay on Saturday morning, has been located.

Torres, the intelligence officer of the Army’s 102nd Brigade based in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, was held by alleged members of the New People’s Army while driving through Diplahan town on Saturday morning.

He was with five other soldiers, including an Army junior officer, and were on board a privately-owned vehicle.

Torres and his men where on their way to an ‘intelligence mission’ in Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur when the armed rebels, supposedly disguised as soldiers and mediamen, flagged down their vehicle.

Accordingly,Torres was able to escape from armed men, while his comrades were interrogated and were eventually freed.

The rebels also disarmed the soldiers.

“Major Ramon Torres was not captured by the NPA,” Western Mindanao Command spokesman Lt Col Randy Cabangbang said in a text message.

“He escaped and evaded the armed group and was able to proceed to a (military) detachement,” Cabangbang added.

As of Saturday evening, Torres was reported to have returned to the headquarters of the 102nd Brigade in Barangay Sanito, in Ipil town. – Move.PH

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