Decent burial for summarily executed rebel: Army

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The 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division of the Philippine Army will provide a decent burial to a summarily executed member of the New People’s Army whose skeletal remains were found in a shallow grave in Barangay Riverside in Isabela, Negros Occidental on Wednesday, December 2.

The remains of Randy Garsola, a resident of Barangay San Agustin, Isabela was unearthed by the police and Army after Ka Ray, a rebel surrenderee, told the government forces where his body was buried.

Garsola was executed after he planned to surrender due to hunger and wanted to see his family, the Army said in a press release.

Maj. Gen. Eric Vinoya, the commander of the 3ID, said Garsola deserves to have a decent burial despite joining the NPA.

“He is just a victim of lies and deceptions. He was a Negrense who also valued family but was deprived of liberty to visit his loved ones by his comrades,” Vinoya said.

“What happened to Garsola is an eye opener to all NPA members who are still hiding in the mountains. You still have time to change your fate. Come down, return to the folds of the law, and avail of the government’s integration program to start a normal and productive life together with your family,” he added.*

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