Bones of ex-rebels found in Agu­san del Sur

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Troops in Agu­san del Sur yesterday re­cov­ered bones of two in­di­vid­u­als be­lieved to be bod­ies of for­mer New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA) rebels in Si­tio Car­bon, barangay Lawan-Lawan, Las Nieves, Agu­san del Sur.

Lieu­tenant Colonel Fran­cisco Molina, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of Army’s 23rd In­fantry Bat­tal­ion (23IB) said the bones be­longed to a mar­ried cou­ple (name with­held) in the area. The cou­ple, he said, were for­mer NPA mem­bers but later sur­ren­dered to author­i­ties. The man sub­se­quently be­came a mem­ber of the Cit­i­zen Armed Force Geo­graph­i­cal Unit (Cafgu).

But in 2004, the cou­ple went miss­ing and was be­lieved to be ab­ducted and killed by the NPA.

It was only yesterday morn­ing when what was left of their re­mains were

re­cov­ered. “The fam­ily ac­tu­ally knew where they were buried but re­fused to co­op­er­ate with us for fear of the NPA,” he said.

Molina con­demned the killings al­legedly per­pe­trated by the com­mu­nist guer­ril­las. He said the NPA has been prac­tic­ing this to “clean their ranks”.

“I urge those who are still with the NPA to sur­ren­der, the 23IB is wel­com­ing you with open arms. We will help you get back on your feet and bring you to your loved ones,” Molina said. (PJ Orias)

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