PHOTO CAPTION: One of seven dead NPA rebels killed in an encounter with government troops in Brgy. Alimodias, Miagao is seen here after they were brought to the Moleta Funeral Homes. Capt. Roel Maglalang, chief of the 301st Infantry Brigade’s CMO unit, said they have reliable information that the number of fatalities in last Wednesday’s encounter could reach as high as 16./iNews (N. Glenn Aragon/Photo courtesy of Aksyon Radyo)
ILOILO–It now appears that more than eight persons believed to be members of the communist terrorist rebel organization New People’s Army were killed in an encounter with government troops that took place in Sitio Burak, Brgy. Alimodias in Miagao town last December 1.
According to Capt. Roel Maglalang, chief of the Civil-Military Operations unit of the Philippine Army’s 301st Infantry Brigade, they received information that a total of 16 NPA rebels were, in fact, killed in the early morning skirmish with soldiers belonging to the 61st Infantry Battalion with help from the 33rd Division Reconnaissance Company.
However, only eight dead bodies were seen at the encounter site following the gunfight that lasted for a couple of hours.
Of the eight corpses, seven were brought to the Moleta Funeral Homes in Brgy. Igtuba, Miagao, while the other one was just buried in the area where it was found as it was already in an advanced state of decomposition.
“’Yung talagang impormasyon natin is 16 po ‘yung patay. We only recovered seven. Ang pangwalo, iniwan na lang sa bundok [The information that reached us is that 16 rebels were killed. We only recovered seven. The eighth fatality we just left in the area (for immediate burial)],” Maglalang said.
Of the seven bodies brought to the funeral parlor, five are male and two are female; the one left in the mountains is also male.
He added that they are now in possession of the possible identities of the fatalities but they are still verifying said information.
Maglalang further bared that they are in the process of finding out whether high-ranking officials were among the fatalities.
Scene of the crime operatives (SOCO) personnel from the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) have taken DNA samples from the recovered bodies for identification purposes.
Meanwhile, in an interview, a staff of the Moleta Funeral Homes, an alias Jeffry, confirmed the eighth corpse was found mangled and decomposing but, he said, the deceased could still be recognized. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNews)