Body of dead NPA found PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 August 2015 14:21

Soldiers of the 73rd Infantry Battalion, 10th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, on pursuit operations,  discovered  a male cadaver in an advanced state of decomposition near a gunbattle site at in Sitio Malbag, Brgy Little Bagiuo, Malita, Davao del Sur at 2:00 p.m., on on Thursday.

Capt. Alberto Caber, chief information officer of the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command, said the body is believed to be that of an NPA rebel of Southern Mindanao Regional Committee who was one of the wounded in an encounter with troops five days ago. The body bore a gunshot wound and has not been identified as of press time.

To recall, successive encounters occurred in the area in which two soldiers were wounded.? Civilian reports disclosed that the NPA group abandoned their wounded companion near the creek before fleeing.

“Buhi unta kining tawhana karon kung wala siya biyae sa iyang kauban (This man could have been alive today if his companion did not abandon him)”, a civilian said  ?   73rd Infantry Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Ronnie Babac said the NPA surrenderers in his unit have been complaining of being abandoned and being deprived of foods and medicines during critical situations such as encounters with government troops.

“When the NPA bandits are engaged in a firefight with security forces, they resort to abandoning their wounded companions when they flee from the scene. It is contrary to what they promise during recruitment,” Lt. Col. Babac said

Meanwhile, four more CPP/NPA members under the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee surrendered to the 10th Infantry Division, Philippine Army in two separate occasions. Three of the surrendererswere identified as  alias Luther, 20 years old; Alias Tres, 30 years old; and alias Pilot, 45 years old surrendered to the soldiers of 10th Civil Military Operations Battalion in JBL Complex, Talaingod, Davao del Norte at 10:00 a.m., August 26, 2015. They are now undergoing interview at Headquarters 1003rd Infantry Brigade in Brgy. New Visayas, Sto. Tomas of the same province. While on August 27, Alias Dodong, 23 years old surrendered to the soldiers of 71st Infantry Battalion in Brgy Cadunan, Mabini, Compostela Valley Province. Dodong, was accompanied by his father and a barangay kagawad.

Concerned tribal leaders Datu Samsun Mansaganay of Brgy Sto Nino; and Datu Antonio Anlas of Brgy Dagohoy both of Talaingod helped the trio for their safe return to the folds of the law.

Accordingly, the tribal leaders were approached by the relatives of Luther, Tres and Pilot requesting them to facilitate the surrender of the former as they wanted to start a more productive and peaceful lives with their respective families through the comprehensive local integration program (CLIP) of the local government unit of Davao del Norte.

Through the CLIP of the concerned LGUs, the surrenderers received livelihood and appropriate training assistance from the government.

So far this year, there are already 206 NPA members who returned to the folds of the law through the units of Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP.

Based on record, 74 percent of the NPA strength in Eastern Mindanao are indigenous peoples or lumads. This was based on the revelations of NPA surenderers.

1003rd Brigade Commander Col. Ricardo Nepomuceno lauded the concerned relatives of the surrenderers, local officials and tribal leaders for their combined efforts.   “Through the CLIP of the LGUs, the returnees will enjoy the peaceful and productive lives they wanted”, Col. Nepomuceno said