CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – The Church and the government provided a decent burial to the remains of the New People’s Army (NPA) that was retrieved by the operating troops of the 1st Special Forces Battalion, Special Forces Regiment Airborne (SFRA) and PNP of Libona, Bukidnon at Sitio Alawon, Barangay Sil-ipon, Libona, Bukidnon at 9:30 in the morning of November 30, 2014.
A simple but meaningful burial rights was provided by the Church, the government, to include the people in that community held at Brgy Sil-ipon cemetery in order for our fellow-countrymen have a peaceful and decent place to rest.
Ltc Nasser P Lidasan, Commanding Officer of 1st SF Battalion said, “The skeletal remain was found by my troop wrapped in a mosquito net near the trail at the mountainous area of Sitio Alawon. We immediately informed the barangay officials and the local populace about the recovery and asked if they knew the remains. We also coordinated with the local Police to conduct investigation and to help in identifying the NPA victim.”
According to the local populace, more than two months ago they saw the NPAs carrying their dead comrades heading towards the mountainous areas of Sitio Alawon believed to be members of GF-68 after they engaged the government troops at Sitio Batok, Brgy Capihan in Libona. They suspected that the skeletal remain is a member of that same NPA group.
MGen Oscar T Lactao, Commander of 4th Infantry Division said, “We condole with the family of our fellow countrymen who was victimized by the NPAs recruitment. When he died, the NPAs probably just took his firearms and left his dead body behind. He could have been alive by now and living peacefully with his family if the NPAs didn’t deceived him to join this nonsense armed struggle.”
“Despite the incident, we are happy that together with the people, we have provided a decent burial for our brother. May his soul rest in peace.” MGen Lactao added.
Press Release by the 4ID, PA