Soldier in CSur hostage-taking to undergo neuro, psych tests

NAGA CITY—The soldier who held hostage a Peñafrancia Tours bus at Barangay Comadaycaday, Del Gallego, Camarines Sur is scheduled to undergo neurological and psychological tests, the 9th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army declared.

Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center
The test, the Army said, will be a meticulous examination of the behavior of Corporal Rene Prajele, and not merely a pencil-and-paper test.

Prajele will also be interviewed by senior officers.

The army corporal earlier tested negative for drugs, the Army confirmed.

On May 29, he was arrested after he held hostage 30 passengers while armed with an M-16 rifle and in full battle gear.

Marital problems, the investigation revealed, led to the hostage-taking incident.

He later surrendered to the hostage crisis management team.

As of press time, Prajele is under the custody of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center in Quezon City.

He is currently facing dismissal from the service and charges of slight illegal detention following an inquest proceeding by a state prosecutor here.

Prajele has served in the military for eleven years.

He was assigned as a team leader of a security group carrying out a developmental project in Camarines Sur.

The 36-year-old is a native of Cotabato, but was residing in Baao, Camarines Sur with his wife and daughter prior to the incident.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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