CAMP CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal — The Army’s 2nd Infantry Division has on Tuesday, 12 January 2021 slammed the false claims of Karapatan-Southern Tagalog after the security forces have successfully ensured that all legal and available means to give due respect to NPA casualties by handing over their remains only to their legitimate families.
The Karapatan-Southern Tagalog in their issued statement claimed that the government withheld the remains of a slain NPA member, particularly the cadaver of Vilma Salabao, also known as Ka Sandra, one of the five NPAs killed during a shootout last December 17, 2020 in the municipality of Baras.
Salabao, an NPA extortion collector, was among the five casualties who figured in an armed engagement against authorities who served an arrest warrant against another NPA member, Antonio Cule alias Dad for frustrated murder.
Following legal process in claiming cadavers, the military on Friday officially announced that the remains of Salabao were properly handed over to her sister Thelma Glindo Solitario after she presented sufficient documents that prove their familial relations.
Previously, the cadavers of Niño Alberga and Jonathan Arias Alberga were properly handed to their immediate families last December 20, while the remains of Westly Obmerga and Carlito Simon were safely turned over to their families on December 21 and December 29, 2020, respectively.
This has been in close coordination with the PNP, LGUs, and the Antipolo Memorial Homes which denied the persistence of the Karapatan-ST members to receive the remains of dead NPAs even without proof of immediate relationship.
MGen Greg T Almerol, Commander of 2ID earlier gave his sincere condolences to the families of the slain NPA members and expressed that his troops “want our fellowmen to properly be laid to rest even if they fought for the wrong cause because we consider them victims of terrorism and we believe every Filipino is entitled to a decent burial, contrary to what the underground groups have been doing.”
“The actions of these self-proclaimed human rights advocates prove their desperation to sully the good intentions of the soldiers and police to rid our country of the evils of terrorism and bring peace and order to every Filipino. They have mastered the art of deception, but with the people now being aware of their true intentions, they are scrambling to create issues to deter the efforts of the legal authorities,” MGen Almerol added.
The AFP and PNP will never rejoice in the deaths of our fellowmen who were deceived by the terrorist groups but are steadfast to uphold their mandate to advocate peace, serve the people, and defend the nation the army’s 2ID statement said. (AI/MTVN)