NPA Abduction, Execution victims exhumed, Kitaotao Bukidnon, August 2019

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The remains of three persons believed to be those of retired policemanJoel Rey Galendez, 43, from Agusan Del Sur, Dionisio Havana, 37, from Carmen, Davao DN, and Sgt Reynante H Espana, 42, from San Frans, Agusan Del Sur who were abducted by the NPA on the night of August 22, 2017 in Sitio Nabunturan, Barangay Kalagangan,San Fernando, Bukidnon have been exhumed today in a remote area in Sitio Tabon, Barangay Digongan, Kitaotao, Bukidnon.

Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) have successfully retrieved the three remains in two closely adjacent, shallow graves. Broken bones seen in the remains bear a tell-tale sign that the victims have been killed because of bullet wounds of still unknown calibers.

The families of the victims positively confirmed the identity of the remains from the garments of the cadavers but SOCO authorities who performed the exhumation brought the remains to a lab in San Fernando City for DNA-testing to be sure of the results that would be out in days.

The graves were determined when informations about it have been revealed to the 89th Infantry Battalion by former NPA supporters who have by now already defected.

Murder and abduction charges are planned to be filed by the victims’ families.