Military exhumes 3 victims of NPA summary execution in Davao Oriental

May 4, 2012 10:02 pm 

CAMP PANACAN, Davao City, May 4 — The military exhumed Thursday three bodies of suspected victims of summary execution by the rebels in 2009 in Barangay San Isidro, Lupon, Davao Oriental.

Major Jacob Thaddeus Obligado, commanding officer of the 10th Civil-Military Operations Battalion, said Pastor Edward Palmera of the United Pentecostal Church congregation, sought the assistance of the 28th Infantry Battalion to look for his two missing brothers, namely Edwin and Elmer Palmera who had gone missing in 2009 after being abducted allegedly by the rebels who suspected them as military informants.

He said the two Palmeras were last seen on July 7, 2009 selling lighters and other items for their livelihood in the countryside of Lupon.

Obligado said a rebel returnee confirmed the killings of the Palmera brothers and one other victim and pointed authorities to the shallow grave where they were buried. Pastor Palmera also witnessed the exhumation.

Meantime, Obligado said the third victim exhumed in the same gravesite was identified as Pamboy Obengke, a resident of Sitio Camaruyan, Barangay Maragatas, Lupon, Davao Oriental.

He said Obengke was abducted by the rebels while he was tilling his farm in Sitio Logdeck, also in Barangay Maragatas.

“He was brought to the same site where he was executed, Obligado said. (PNA) RMA/Joey Sem G. Dalumpines/ldp

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