Government forces turn over remains of 2 slain NPA rebels

The remains of two rebels killed in an encounter in Brgy Amin, Isabela, Negros Occidental, on March 9, were turned over by the 62nd Infantry “Unifier” Battalion and Philippine National Police to their families at Leo Memorial Chapel in Brgy Rumirang, Isabela, an Army press release said Saturday. March 12.

The Guihulngan City and Isabela Task-Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict facilitated the turn-over of the remains of notorious hitman Virgilio Tamban, alias “Kumander Bedam”, and Ben Jack S. Rueles, alias “Ka Yuhan”, a member of Regional Striking Force, to their families, the press release said.

MGen. Benedict Arevalo, 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division commander, awarded Military Merit Medals (MMM) with Spearhead Device to the troops of 62nd Infantry “Unifier” Battalion, and the wounded also received Wounded Personnel Medals (WPM) at Brgy Libas, Isabela, Negros Occidental Saturday.

Twenty-four personnel from the Scout Platoon led by 1LT Kim Hope Barquilla were awarded MMMs with Spearhead Device for their heroic achievement during an encounter with about 10 rebels in Isabela, and two them were also awarded WPMs medals, the press release said.

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) slammed the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for what they claimed was the cold-blooded murder of captured Red fighters of the NPA-Central Negros in Isabela on March 9.

Soldiers of the Philippine Army’s 62nd Infantry Battalion and police forces treacherously murdered Tamban and Rueles after being captured in a raid on a house in Barangay Amin, they claimed.
Investigations of the local NPA unit concluded that the house was ransacked on the pretext of serving a search warrant.

The CPP called on the government to respect the rights of captured wounded NPA fighters.*

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