Cadavers of 2 NPAs found in North Cotabato hinterland town

Mindanao Armed Conflict  • Sat Sep 23, 2017 03:30 PM  •  90   0
By John Unson
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NORTH COTABATO --- Soldiers found on Saturday two dead rebels from a group that killed a militiaman in Arakan town on Thursday.

Captain Silver Belvis, spokesman of the Army’s 39th Infantry Battalion, said on Saturday that the cadavers of the two New People’s Army guerillas are now in the custody of a private mortuary, ready for release to claimants.

The slain NPAs, whose bags contained ammunition and subversive documents, belong to a group that killed last Sept. 21 an off-duty militiaman, Joel Batawan, in an ambush in Barangay Santo Niño, Arakan.

Local police investigators said the two NPAs were both killed in an encounter late Thursday with pursuing soldiers and local members of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit.

Probers are certain the duo were wounded in the gunfight with soldiers and CAFGU members and left by their companions when they succumbed to bullet wounds while being carried away from Barangay Santo Niño.

Belvis said the fatal ambush of Batawan also left his companion, militiaman Jonathan Lasoy, wounded.

They were riding a motorcycle together en route to the town proper of Arakan when they were attacked by NPAs positioned at one side of the road.

The incident was preceded by the ambush last Tuesday by another group of NPAs of CAFGU member Jeffrey Bitonio in Barangay Anapolon also in Arakan.  
Bitonio was riding his motorcycle on his way home from their detachment when rebels blocked his path and shot him dead with assault rifles.

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