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NDF frees 2 captive policemen to Manny

DAVAO CITY – The National Democratic Front Southern Mindanao yesterday released two captive policemen to Sen. Manny Pacquiao in Davao Oriental.

According to non-government organization Exodus for Justice and Peace, the NDF freed Chief Insp. Arnold Ongachen, chief of police of Gov. Generoso Davao Oriental, and PO1 Michael Grande of the Banaybanay, Davao Oriental police station as a goodwill gesture for the ongoing peace talks.

The group released a photo of Pacquiao, flanked by Ongachen and Grande, with the red hammer and sickle symbols of the New People’s Army on the background.

Pacquiao was among the government facilitators who received the captives.

Earlier this week, the NDF said it would extend the seven-day ceasefire by the CPP to facilitate the release of five captives, including Ongachen and Grande. (Yas D. Ocampo)