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GRIEVING parents have buried two female New Peoples Army rebels away from public view after asking the military not to reveal their identities to avoid being ridiculed on social media.
Brigadier General Michele Anayron Jr., commanding general of the Army 403rd Infantry Brigade said they agreed to the request of the parents out of compassion.
The two female members of the NPA were among the seven rebels who were killed during a series of military encounters in Butuan City, Misamis Oriental, and Bukidnon last week.
Anayron said that they have identified the identity of the two female rebels and found that they were former students of famous schools in the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro.
He said that the soldiers of the army brought the dead bodies to their respective parents after they were recognized by former NPA rebels who were their former comrades.
Anayron said that the female NPA rebel was killed in Sitio Malinao, Barangay Kalasungay, Malaybalay City last June
“His father told us that he joined the NPA rebels in 2017 and that was the last time they saw him,” said Anayron.
Lt. Col. Christian Uy, commander of the 58th Infantry Battalion said that the female NPA rebel who was killed in the encounter in Sitio Kalhaan, Barangay Minalwan on June 16, was also buried by her parents in Gingoog City.
Uy said that the deceased rebel woman was also a former student of Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro city.
“His parents requested that we not announce his identity because his other siblings are still in school. They want to save them from public ridicule on social media,” said Uy.
In another place, Army soldiers in Butuan City also buried two NPA leaders who were among the seven killed by the military in Sityo Dugayaman, Barangay Anticala, in Butuan City last Wednesday.
Garello said that the two leaders of the NPA were identified as Roel Arellano Maglasang alias Do/Dali and his wife Raylin Zubiri alias Apple of Gigaquit Town.
He said that 30 high-powered firearms were seized by the soldiers in the encounter in Barangay Anticala. These include seven AK-47 rifles, four M4 rifles, four AR18n rifles, One M16 rifle, two 14 rifles, and two M16 rifles with attached M203 grenade launchers.
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