ACTING on a tip from four New People’s Army rebels who have surrendered to avail of the government’s comprehensive livelihood program, agents of the Police Regional Office 11 last Sunday unearthed the skeletal remains of two slain NPA guerrillas who were buried in an unmarked grave in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, officials said yesterday.
PRO11 Deputy Regional Director for Operations, Colonel Edgar Allan Okubo said that the bodies of the two rebels identified only as ‘Ka Al’ from Quezon, Bukidnon and ‘Ka Dope’ from Cagayan de Oro City were found in a spot in Esperanza town pinpointed exactly by the four surrenderers.
It turned out that the two were killed in a clash with government troops in 2017 and their bodies buried by their comrades. Okubo said that the remains of the two were turned over to the Agusan del Sur Police Provincial Office.
PRO11 director, Brigadier General Filmore B. Escobal called on the public to help them fully identify the bodies and locate their family before they are given proper burial.
“We are requesting all those whose loved ones went missing since 2017 to coordinate with authorities in Agusan del Sur. We also would like to appeal to anybody who has information about the real identities of the two to come to us,” said Escobal.
On Monday evening, Okubo led officers from the PRO11’s REgonal Mobile Force Battalion, the PROs 3 and 13, the Philippine National Police Special Action Force and Anti-Kidnapping Group and the Army’s 4th Infantry Division in retrieving the bodies of the two.
The recovery of the bodies came in the aftermath of information given to the police and the military by the four surrenderers identified only as ‘Ka Tiger/Pao-pao,’ ‘Ka CJ,’ Ka Fine’ and ‘Ka Clair.
With Steve A. Gosuico