SAGAY CITY, Negros Occidental — Remains of an NPA rebel who died in an encounter with government troops last August 20 was finally laid to rest in a Public Cemetery of Silay City on Saturday, September 11, at around 10 in the afternoon.
The Philippine Army’s 79th Infantry “Masaligan” Battalion, 3ID, PA; Silay City PNP and with the support of the Local Government Unit of Silay City have given a decent burial to @Pabling, one of the two (2) NPA rebels who was retrieved by the troops at the clash site in Hacienda Raymunda, Brgy Kapitan Ramon after he was abandoned by their fleeing NPA comrades.
Lieutenant Colonel J-jay T Javines, Commanding Officer of 79IB said that “the burial was arranged after none of the relatives or family members of @Pabling have turned up to claim his cadaver despite relentless information dissemination. Only the cadaver of a female combatant identified as Kerima Lorena Tariman @Ella was claimed by her family”.
“Unlike the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) who just leave their dead comrade behind, your Philippine Army will always respect everybody’s right to a decent burial. @Pabling died fighting for a wrong cause, but still, he is a fellow Filipino that deserves respect and humane treatment. We thank Mayor Mark Andrew Arthur Golez of Silay City for his support in order that this effort will be materialized. Nonetheless, this incident should serve as a caveat to the remaining CNTs. Abandon the armed struggle, lay down your arms and choose the path towards peace for sooner or later, the long arms of justice will come unto you and you will suffer the same fate as that of @Pabling; left behind and abandoned to his grave,” Lt.Col. Javines added.