Priest appeals to NPA for safe release of vendors

October 4, 2011 9:34 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 4 — A prelate from the Archdiocese of Cagayan De Oro has appealed for the safe release of six sleeping mat peddlers abducted by New People’s Army (NPA) insurgents last August.

In a statement, Fr. Nathan Lerio, director of the archdiocese’s Social Action Center urged the abductors to release the vendors "without harm and ransom."

"Let us respect human rights and promote democratic and peaceful dwelling being freed from harassment and coercion," Lerio said.

"We cannot attain peace and prosperity through human right violations but only in the spirit of dialogue, self-giving love and respect human dignity that we enjoy a peaceful and progressive society," he added.

The NPA Front 88 based in Bukidnon has earlier admitted to "arresting" the mat vendors last August 10 for alleged espionage.

It said the vendors were caught doing surveillance work while selling their products.

They were identified as: James Mabaylan, Nelson Bagares, Segundino Dailo, Ernesto Callo Jr., Julieto Sarsaba and Ronald Boiles, all from Initao, Misamis Oriental. (PNA) RMA/jmc/utb

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