Troops Find Skeletal Remains In South RP

August 2, 2007 at 3:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

COMPOSTELA VALLEY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / 02 Aug) – Filipino soldiers have exhumed three human skeletal remains, who were allegedly victims of summary execution by communist insurgents, from a shallow grave in the southern province of Compostela Valley, officials said on Thursday.

Officials said the soldiers, led by an informant, recovered the remains in the hinterland village of Mainit in Nabunturan town on Tuesday. “The three were victims of NPA atrocities,” said Lieutenant Rosa Maria Cristina Manuel, of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division.

Relatives said the remains were believed that of Roger Catanasan, Nathaniel Canatasan and Rolando Cabisa. The three men had been seized and killed by the New People’s Army in October 2001. Their skulls bore bullet holes.

“The continuous support gained by the government troops from the masses has once again led to the discovery of victims from NPA’s summary execution,” Manuel said.

Major Rolando Rodil, commander of the Army’s 25th Infantry Battalion, urged the families of those killed to file criminal chargers against the NPA.

It was unknown why the three had been killed, but many civilians who were victims of NPA executions had been murdered on suspicion they aided the military in the anti-insurgency campaigns.

The NPA is the armed wing of the underground Communist Party of the Philippines, which has been fighting the past four decades to topple the democratic government and install a Maoist state in the country.

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