Army turns over bod­ies of slain NPA rebels

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - By Al­wen Salir­ing

Gov­ern­ment sol­diers brought the dead bod­ies of two male com­mu­nist rebels who died in an en­counter last De­cem­ber 31 in Agu­san del Sur, to their re­spec­tive fam­i­lies in Bukid­non, over the week­end.

This after the army troops un­der the 8th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion (8IB) re­cov­ered the ca­dav­ers of the two New Peo­ples Army (NPA) ca­su­al­ties around 2:40 a.m., Satur­day, 11 days after the gun bat­tle sparked anew in Si­tio Kinu-aw, Bini­calan, San Luis, Agu­san del Sur.

The mil­i­tary said the two were left be­hind by their com­rades who scam­pered after the clash.

First Lieu­tenant Ken­neth Cab­bi­gat, civil mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer of the 8IB, said one of the fa­tal­i­ties was 19 years old from San Fer­nando, Bukid­non while the other one hails from Ca­ban­glasan town.

“The mother blamed the CPP-NPA who re­cruited her son when he was just 16 years old. Ang in­a­han nag­pata­bang kang Gov. Jose Maria Zu­biri busa atong giba­likan ang en­counter site og na re­cover ilang mga lawas kay so­brang layo and de­likado na pa­sukin kasi con­tin­u­ous ang mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions,” Cab­bi­gat said.

“Kan­ing isa gahu­la­tan pa nato ang fam­ily aron makaanhi sa morge sa Malay­balay aron ma­ha­tod na pud sa ilang balay sa Ca­ban­glasan,” he added.

Cab­bi­gat said the mil­i­tary is co­or­di­nat­ing with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit in the area to ex­tend pos­si­ble as­sis­tance to the fam­i­lies.

He said the army also sent a con­tin­gent to con­sole and sup­port the be­reaved fam­ily by at­tend­ing the wake and help ar­range the proper burial of the two NPA fight­ers.

“We of­fer our sin­cere con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies and rel­a­tives on the death of the two NPA ter­ror­ists. This could not have hap­pened if they heeded our call of sur­ren­der,” 8IB com­man­der of­fi­cer Lieu­tenant Colonel Ron­ald Il­lana said.

“They were rad­i­cal­ized by the ill-ide­olo­gies of the NPA. I once again call upon the CPP-NPA ter­ror­ists not to vi­o­late the In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Law (IHL) by re­cruit­ing mi­nors as com­bat­ants, spare the in­no­cent youth from join­ing your use­less armed strug­gle,” he added.

“We are do­ing ser­vice even to our en­emy in re­spect to IHL. He ceased to be­come an en­emy at the time of sur­ren­der or death. So we take care of them even he is al­ready dead, be­cause we care also for his fam­ily,” 403rd In­fantry Bri­gade com­man­der Colonel Edgardo De Leon said.

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