Wife of abducted Army soldier appeals for his release

June 29, 2010 10:42 am 

MONKAYO, Compostela Valley, June 29 -– The wife of Staff Sergeant Bienvenido Arguelles, who was kidnapped in a village in this town last June 19, appealed to hostage-takers to free her husband.

Luth Arguelles wrote to various news organizations on Monday seeking their help to bring to the hostage-takers of her husband three issues.

“I am hoping to seek your (media) help by bringing up three issues that I would like the abductors to know,” said Mrs. Arguelles in her letter to Philippine News Agency.

“I am appealing to them (New People's Army) to admit that they have my husband and give us a proof of life to assure us that he is alive,” she said.

“I am suffering from mental torture of not knowing whether my husband is alive or not. My entire family, including my eight-year-old daughter has been subjected to the same torture,” Mrs. Arguelles said.

“I appeal to them to respect the rights of my family to be free from this suffering by admitting that they have my husband and by giving us a proof of life," she added.

Second, she asked her husband's captors to release him. “My husband is a good father to his child and a good husband to me. Each day that they keep my husband, they are depriving the right of my child to have a father. Each day that they keep my husband, they are depriving me and my family of our right to live free from fear,” she said.

And third, Mrs. Arguelles appeal to communists to stop kidnappings. “I appeal to them to stop the kidnappings. I do not wish for any family to undergo the same suffering and mental torture that we are experiencing,” she added.

Meanwhile, the command of the Army’s 10th Infantry (Agila) Division (ID) assured Mrs. Arguelles on Tuesday that search and rescue operation of her husband and another militiaman is on going without let up.

Maj. Gen. Carlos Holganza, 10th ID commander, also gave similar assurance. (PNA)

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