CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental – One New Peoples Army (NPA) member was killed during the encounter between the 58th Infantry Battalion (IB), Philippine Army and about five NPAs of Platoon PPH, Sub-Regional Committee 1 (SRC1), North Central Mindanao Regional Command (NCMRC) in an inhabited hinter area of Mt. Balatukan in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental last December 19, 2019.
The firefight lasted for about 15 minutes after which the enemies scampered towards different directions.
The troops seized one dead body identified by former rebels who are also his relatives as Efriel Taquin alias Rogie, who was confirmed by former rebels who are also his relatives, a member of the Platoon PPH, SRC1, NCMRC and only a 17 years old from So Lantad, Brgy kibanban, Balingasag along with one caliber .45 pistol, one improvised explosive device (IED), 100 meters wire, three blasting cap, one cellphone and assorted personal belongings.
Alias Mesay a Former Political Instructor said that alias Rogie was recruited two years ago by the NPAs at So Kamansi, Barangay Kibanban, Balingasag when he was still 15 years old.
It can be recalled that last November 30, 2019 a NPA minor was also killed in Agusan Norte.
The international Humanitarian Law (IHL) act which prohibits the recruitment of minors as child warriors. Under its Rule 136 it is stated that “Children must not be recruited into the armed forces or armed groups.” Which again violated by the heartless NPAs on recruiting minors.
On the other hand, Lt Col Roy Anthony O. Derilo, Commanding Officer, 58th Infantry Battalion expresses its grief and deepest symphathies to the family and friends of the slain NPA minor.”We will give him respect and decent preparation for his burial and deliver him to his family “, Lt. Col. Derilo, said. ” We condemn on highest form the exploitation of our youth by the hearthless NPAs our children belong in schools, with their classmates and friends and not in the company of armed men. Give them a chance to achieve their aspiration and be successful in life.” Lt. Col. Derilo, added.