By Francis Wakefield
The Communist New People’s Army Terrorist (CNT) who died in an encounter with government troops last March 15 in Magsaysay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur was recently accorded a decent burial by the Local Government Unit, Philippine National Police (PNP) and 3rd Special Forces Battalion of the Philippine Army.
The body, whose identity remains unknown, was interned in the Public Cemetery of Barangay Poblacion of the said municipality on Sunday, March 17, at around 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
As of Monday, March 18, no relatives or family members have turned up to claim it.
The 3rd Special Forces Battalion has extended its deepest sympathies to the yet to be identified families of the killed Communist NPA Terrorist. The unit also called upon the remaining CNTs who continue to spread fear to the people to lay down their arms and come back to the folds of the government peacefully through the Enhanced Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) instead of pursuing a useless struggle and eventually suffer the same fate.
Brigadier General Andres C. Centino, Commander of 401st Brigade, said that even if the NPA is an adversary, the dead terrorist still deserves a decent burial.
“Unlike the Communist NPA Terrorists who just leave their dead comrades behind, we respect everybody’s right even if he is our adversary,” Centino said.
“He died fighting for a wrong cause, but still, he is a fellow Filipino that deserves the same respect and humane treatment,” he added.