Army tries to identify persons found in Quezon mass grave

July 23, 2012 9:57 pm 

MANILA, July 23 – The Philippine Army (PA)'s 74th Infantry Battalion is still trying to identify the 30 individuals whose skeletal remains were found in field in Sitio Irrigation, Pagsangahan, Quezon Saturday.

Lt. Col. Dennis Perez, 74th Infantry Battalion chief, said that they were still trying to persuade those who have missing relatives to cooperate with the local authorities in identifying the victims by all means.

He also said that some families, who were reported to have missing children, were "too scared to surface for fear of the NPA's reprisal".

"This is a grim reminder about the fate of those who were sentenced to die under the NPA's own 'Kangaroo Court' justice system. All friends and relatives of those who had been recruited to join the armed group must help in convincing their loved ones to return to the folds of the law before it is too late," Perez said.

He said that they would help the local government units deliver public services while continuously urging the armed rebels to surrender.

"We don't intend to kill them in clashes, instead, we want them to lay down their arms and abandon the use of armed violence. That is why we are showing the people that our focus is in helping solve their problems like the issues about land ownership," Perez said.

He also said that he was now working closely with the local agrarian reform program officers to solve land issues aired by the people. (PNA)

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