Two dead bod­ies of NPA rebels found

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Al­wen Salir­ing

GOV­ERN­MENT sol­diers re­cov­ered at least two uniden­ti­fied dead bod­ies of sus­pected com­mu­nist rebels dur­ing a pur­suit and clear­ing op­er­a­tion in Barangay Bini­calan, San Luis, Agu­san del Sur over the week­end.

The two rebels iden­ti­fied with the New Peo­ple's Army (NPA) re­port­edly died dur­ing the 25-minute fire­fight be­tween the mil­i­tary troops in the said com­mu­nity last Fri­day, Septem­ber 29.

Sol­diers be­long­ing to the 26th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion seized high pow­ered guns that in­cluded two AK47, a 9mm sub­ma­chine gun, M14, M16 with M203 grenade launcher, ex­plo­sives, bul­lets, per­sonal be­long­ings and sub­ver­sive doc­u­ments after the gun­fight.

Cap­tain Joe Pa­trick Martinez, spokesper­son of the army's 4th In­fantry Di­vi­sion (4ID), said the troops fol­lowed the ve­hi­cles of the with­draw­ing rebels when they found the re­mains of the two NPA fighters along the way.

The mil­i­tary said after the clash, the Maoist gueril­las ran to dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions bring­ing along with their wounded com­rades.

Martinez said civil­ians in­formed the gov­ern­ment troops that a num­ber of NPAs were fa­tally wounded in the gun bat­tle and that the two were left to die while oth­ers are run­ning away.

“Si­n­un­dan ng tropa yung truck nang nakita yung mga bangkay na ini­wan sa daan along the way. Sin­abi ng mga civil­ian na hi­rap daw buhatin ng mga NPA yung bangkay kaya ini­wan,” Martinez said.

The mil­i­tary is co­or­di­nat­ing with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit to iden­tify the dead bod­ies and be given with de­cent burial.

Lieu­tenant Colonel Rom­mel Pa­gayon, 26IB com­mand­ing of­fi­cer, said that “un­nec­es­sary loss of lives could have been pre­vented if these NPA’s had heed the call of the gov­ern­ment to lay down their arms and live their lives peace­fully and hap­pily with the fam­i­lies.”

“As promised to our peo­ple, we will re­spond im­me­di­ately if any­one needs our help. As to the be­lea­guered NPAs, there are still op­tions if you wish to go back to your nor­mal lives. Aside from all the op­por­tu­ni­ties such as liveli­hood pro­grams of­fered by our gov­ern­ment, the AFP is also open­ing its door to all of you who wanted to serve in the noble pro­fes­sion of arms. We ask you to re­flect and fi­nally come to your de­ci­sion to aban­don the armed strug­gle ,” Pa gay on said

For his part, 4ID com­man­der Ma­jor Gen­eral Ron­ald Vil­lanueva said the mil­i­tary as­sures ev­ery­one of its com­mit­ment to ad­dress the threats that are hin­drance to peace and de­vel­op­ment.

“I would like to con­grat­u­late my troops who suc­cess­fully ad­dressed the threat sit­u­a­tion in the said com­mu­nity. This I as­sure ev­ery­one that your army will take nec­es­sary ac­tions that will fully ad­dress this more than four decade in­sur­gency sit­u­a­tion that hin­ders our coun­try’ s de­vel­op­ment ,” Villa nu eva said.

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