THE Police Regional Office 2 yesterday extended financial assistance to help bury a New People’s Army commander in Isabela province who died of illness hours after his comrades abandoned him in a local villager’s house in San Mariano municipality last January 19.
PRO2 director, Chief Superintendent Jose Mario M. Espino and Isabela Police Provincial Office director, Senior Supt. Mariano C. Rodriguez decided to provide monetary assistance for the burial of the NPA leader after learning of his fate from local residents.
With the help of officials of Barangay Dibuluan in San Mariano, the remains of Melencio Casisola, a 56-year old commanding officer of the NPA’s Sangay ng Partidong Platoon, residing in Bgy. Balliao in Benito Soliven municipality was laid to his final resting place.
Rodriguez said that a local villager told investigators that at around 7 p.m. last January 19, six heavily-armed NPA guerrillas went to his house and asked him to let them and their sick colleague in so that they could treat the latter.
The sick rebel died seven hours later due to lack of medical attention.
Rodriguez said that during their stay in the villager’s house, the rebels identified their sick comrade as Casisola alias ‘Kumander Milis.’ He said that the gunmen immediately left the villager’s house after Casisola died.
The villager reported the incident to local barangay officials who informed San Mariano Municipal Police Station.
Espino said that they decided to extend financial assistance to the family of Casisola to lighten their burden. He also expressed his sympathy to the bereaved family.