Incident Summary:

09/28/2017: Assailants abducted Datu Saturnino Gallego, an Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) tribal leader, and Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit Active Auxiliary (CAA) member Danny Rivas, from their home in Libas Sud, San Miguel Surigao del Sur province, Philippines. Gallego was released on September 29, 2017. The fate of the remaining hostage is unknown. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the incident to the New People's Army (NPA).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Surigao del Sur

Libas Sud

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the San Miguel district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Civilian Active Auxiliary (CAA)
Specific Description Member: Danny Rivas
Nationality of Target Philippines
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR)
Specific Description Leader: Datu Saturnino Gallego
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
New People's Army (NPA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 20
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Tribal leader released less than 24 hours after he was abducted.(Provincial)," Manila Bulletin, October 1, 2017.