14 Feb '11, 7am

Philippine rebels hold policeman hostage: ZAMBOANGA, Philippines: Philippine communist rebels said Monday they w...

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines: Philippine communist rebels said Monday they were holding a policeman as a "prisoner of war" even as they declared a ceasefire ahead of talks aimed at ending the decades-old rebellion. The 4,700-strong New People's Army released photos and an audio clip apparently of Jorge Sabatin, who they said was being held hostage after a raid on a southern Philippines police outpost at the beginning of the month. "Please help me in my difficult situation now and work for my early release," said Sabatin, according to the clip. "Please stop the (police and military offensive) operation so they could speed up my release." National police spokesman Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz confirmed Sabatin went missing after the February 1 raid. "There are negotiations now for his release and I cannot comment any further," Cruz told AFP. But national police said in a sta...

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