Slain NPA rebel was a former UP Visayas student – military

Published July 6, 2020, 10:05 AM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY—According to the Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion (61IB), the New People’s Army (NPA) member, who was killed in a clash last week in  Miag-ao town, Iloilo province, was a former student of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UP Visayas).

Marvin Christian Cruz. (Photo from 61 IB/ MANILA BULLETIN)

61IB Civil Military Officer 1st Lt. Gil Gamay identified the slain rebel as Marvin Christian Cruz.

The 21-year-old from Oton town, who was positively identified by his parents, was carrying an M-16 rifle when his body was recovered after the June 29 clash between 61 IB and the NPA.

Cruz, who had aliases of “Lucas” and “Lean”, was believed to be the leader of Squad 2 of the Suyak Platoon, which is under the NPA’s Southern Front Committee  in Panay Island

“The student activist died after choosing to live in misery hiding and enduring hardships in mountains after abandoning his own freedom and family,” said 61 IB Commander Lt. Col. Joel Benedict Batara.

Cruz was originally a member of the left-wing League of Filipino Students (LFS), and was recruited while he was still a 17-year-old student.

“This is also a clear evidence that communists continue recruiting minors and youth from target universities being the vulnerable sectors in our society,” Batara added.