The abandoned body of an NPA rebel covered with dried coconut leaves in an attempt by the NPA to conceal the body. (Photo courtesy of the AFP)
CAMP GENERAL MATEO CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal — Government troops on Wednesday, August 1, found the abandoned remains of a New People’s Army (NPA) member at Sitio Sampaloc, Brgy Bulsa, San Juan, Batangas during a pursuit and tracking operation following an encounter with the rebels.
The body was later identified as alias “Jepoy” of the Kilusang Larangang Gerilya Silangan.
Jepoy is believed to have been killed in an armed encounter against soldiers last Monday where he suffered two fatal gunshot wounds in the chest.
The rotting remains of the rebel were tracked by K9 dogs that followed the blood stains from the encounter site.
The body was found in a grassy area one kilometer away from the encounter site. It was covered with dried coconut leaves in an attempt by the NPA to conceal the body.
Major General Rhoderick M. Parayno AFP, Commander, 2ID condemned the NPAs treatment of their dead combatants.
“They should provide proper medication to those that are wounded. But the most unacceptable thing is to leave a comrade behind and conceal the body by covering it with dried leaves”, he added.
He also appealed to the rebels to, “Give up your arms and join us in local peace talks.”
Meanwhile, the cadaver has been transported to the municipal police station for proper disposition while waiting for possible claimant.
Aside from the previous recovered items such as M16 rifle, backpacks, bandoleers and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) during the firefight, the troops also recovered additional IEDs, blasting cap, hand grenade, assorted ammunition, MacBook laptop, cellphones and other subversive documents.
The government troops are continuing massive pursuit operations against the terrorists in an attempt to locate the other wounded NPA reported by the civilians.
Check points are also being expanded in the area. — UNTV News & Rescue