TACLOBAN CITY- Troops from the Philippine Army’s 43rd Infantry Battalion discovered another remains of an alleged member of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Bobon, Northern Samar Friday, July 17.
Lieutenant Colonel Raymundo Picut Jr., commanding officer of 43rd IB, extended his sympathy to the family and friends of those NPA rebels who were abandoned by their comrades while struggling for their lives.
“Your government forces will continue its commitment to serve justice to the Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA-Terrorist victims so as to attain peace and development in Northern Samar,” the Army official said in a statement.
The skeletal remains were found in the vicinity of Barangay E. Duran of Bobon town at 7 a.m. Friday.
After documentation, the remains were turned over to the Scene-of-the-Crime Operative (Soco) of the Philippine National Police in Catarman, Northern Samar for proper disposition.
The remains belonged to an alleged NPA rebel who was killed during the series of encounters by the 43rd IB in Brgy. Cag-amesarag, Lope de Vega, also in Northern Samar last August 3 and 4, 2019, according to Captain Allan Jay Buerano, civil-military operations officer of the 43rd IB.
On July 10, the remains of a one alleged NPA rebel, who died in an encounter sometime in 2009, were also found in Barangay E. Duran.
Eastern Visayas, particularly the Samar Island, remains a hotbed of insurgency with the continued presence of NPA.