Relatives confirm identity of young man found dead near Zamboanguita clash site

October 25, 2009 10:43 pm 

DUMAGUETE CITY, Oct. 24 – Relatives of a young man who was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds Tuesday at a creek in Sitio Pulangyuta, Barangay Mayabon in Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental appeared Friday at the town police station to claim his remains.

The relatives confirmed the identity of the dead young man as Redin Carpentero, 20, a resident of Lower Tayong in Banilad, Cebu City.

One of the claimants identified himself as Rodel, the brother of Redin, according to Zamboanguita police chief Sr. Insp. Teodorico Picardal.

Sr. Insp. Picardal said the relatives first went to the funeral parlor to see the remains of Redin (also spelled Reden in some documents) Carpentero before proceeding to the police station to facilitate their claim for the body.

The group, however, left for Cebu on the same day to comply with the documents that police are requiring them to present as proof that they are the legitimate claimants of Carpentero’s body.

A medical permit from the municipal health officer of Zamboanguita is also needed before the body can be transported to Cebu, Picardal said.

Carpentero was identified through ID cards and other documents in his wallet that the police had found on his body.

The police believe that Carpentero died after he was shot during an exchange of gunfire between soldiers of the 79th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army and suspected rebels Sunday evening.

Sr. Insp. Picardal said he is hoping Carpentero’s relatives will return soon as the body has been embalmed for only five days and they might be constrained to bury it by the weekend due to health reasons.

Police and military authorities also said they believe Carpentero was an “activist” as evidenced by ID cards of progressive organizations such as Anakpawis and Kabataan Party that bore his name and photographs.

Meanwhile, the militant human rights group KARAPATAN has slammed the military for using the reported clash at Pulang Yuta as “an opportunity to malign progressive and other organizations’ honor by focusing on the alleged documents and IDs seen on the belongings of the slain rebel.”

Jose Luis Blanco, media liaison officer of KARAPATAN-Negros Oriental, in a press statement said their organizations such as the Kabataan and Anakpawis Partylist groups have “long been known to be very vocal against military atrocities and have been a consistent target of vilification” (by the military).

The KARAPATAN has also expressed concern that the discreet accusations of the military against such progressive organizations are “preparations and forms of justification for a legal offensive” or another extra judicial killing in the province, the statement added. (PNA)

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