Bones of ex-rebels found in Agusan del Sur
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)