Church, military bury remains of unknown rebel

December 3, 2014 10:34 am 

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan De Oro City, Dec. 2 — Military and church officials on Tuesday jointly buried an unknown rebel whose skeletal remains were recovered in the mountain trails of Bukidnon two days ago.

Maj. Christian Uy, spokesperson of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, said that special forces retrieved the skeletal remains of the unknown rebel in the mountain trails of Sil-ipon, in Libona, Bukidnon Sunday morning.

He said the remains were wrapped in a mosquito net that was left along the trail in the farming village of Alawon in Sil-ipon.

Uy said that Lt. Col. Nasser P. Lidasan, commanding officer of the Army’s Special Forces, together with Church officials led the simple burial rites in the public cemetery of Sil-ipon.

He said that the local residents and government troops also witnessed the burial rites of the remains of an unknown person believed to be a combatant of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Uy said that residents in the village told military and village officials that they noticed a group of armed men bringing along with them some wounded comrades about two months ago.

The military, police, and local residents are still trying to establish the identity of the dead person, Uy said.

He said that the simple but decent burial of enemies killed during gun battle is part of the Christian values that the military continues to uphold.

Last month, the military also worked for the identity and decent burial of a communist rebel who was killed in a firefight in the hinterlands of Claveria in Misamis Oriental.

Uy said that the government troops carried the remains of Francisco Mansiguiao, a member of the tribal community, who was killed during a running gun battle in the dense forest of Misamis Oriental.

Mansiguiao was later claimed by relatives and was provided with a decent burial in the traditional tribal rites, Uy said. (PNA)

LAP/CD/AR/EDS

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