News Release

President Duterte meets abducted policewomen

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte met with the two kidnapped policewomen who were presented to the President at the Tactical Operations Group (TOG)-11 in Davao City on May 19, 2018 following their rescue. Police officers PO3 Benierose Alvarez and PO1 Dinah Gumahad were presented to the President after they were rescued through joint efforts from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Moro National Liberation Front. The two were kidnapped last April 30 by a certain Adiang Adiang whom investigators suspect are connected with the Abu Sayyaf Group. Joining the President during the presentation of the rescued police officers were Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde, Joint Task Force Sulu Commander Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, Moro National Liberation Front Chairman Nur Misuari and his wife Tarhata. PHOTOS BY RICHARD MADELO and ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Davao City — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, May 19, met with the two police officers who were abducted by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Sulu.

The two policemen were identified as Police Officer (PO) 2 Benierose Alvarez and PO1 Dinah Gumahad.

They were abducted in Patikul town on April 29 by 11 armed men believed to be members of ASG.

According to military reports, the police officers had just left Camp Teodulfo Bautista aboard a tricycle when they were abducted in Barangay Liang in Patikul town.

Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza, who was present during the turnover ceremony, told President Duterte that the negotiations initiated by local government officials and community leaders have helped a lot in securing the freedom of two lady cops.

He also reported to the President that the two policewomen already had their medical checkup and debriefing.

The Chief Executive lauded the efforts of the military and police for conducting follow-up operations to retrieve the two policewomen.

Duterte also expressed his appreciation to Moro National Liberation Front Chairperson Nur Misuari for intervening for the release of the policewomen.

Also present during the event were Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez and Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde. PND