Autopsy report of 4 slain soldiers shows torture marks

By Anthony S. Allada

DAVAO CITY – The autopsy report of four soldiers killed by communist rebels in Paquibato district here on November 4 showed torture marks and stab and gunshot wounds, according to a military official here.

“This a clear manifestation that the victims were tortured before they were brutally killed. One of them was even stabbed in the neck, said Major Jake Obligado, commander of the Civil Military Operation (CMO) Battalion of the 10th Infantry Division.

Obligado said this revelation is to counter the denial of the New People’s Army (NPA) that the four members of the 60th Infantry Battalion’s Peace and Development Team were not massacred but were killed in a legitimate encounter.

In a statement, the NPA cited that the four were killed when they “fought it out” against the members of the 1st PBC-NPA who mounted a check point in Purok 5, Barko-Barko, Mapula, Paquibato District.

The NPA cited that one of the military troops “died several meters away from the scene, while an NPA member was wounded in the ensuing troops engagement.”

It even claimed that three .45 caliber pistols were also confiscated by the NPA from the soldiers in the incident.  These were a 7.45 limited with serial number 974502), a Colt 45 with serial number 184419, and a Norimco .45 (SN: 4234).”

But Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza, spokesperson of the 10th ID, challenged the NPA to present the recovered firearms to make them believe that the slain soldiers were armed during the incident.

Paniza said that granting that the soldiers were armed at that time, they had still no capability to fight since they were on board motorcycles.

“We condemn to the highest degree this recent barbaric act of the notorious group New People’s Army that massacred four of our men without considering that they were non-combatant that time,” he said in a statement.

He said that the military is gaining momentum in harmonizing with the community and “that’s what the NPA is afraid of.”

“Thus, they are doing these offensive tactics to hamper our peace and development projects and to threaten the people supporting the Army’s endeavour,” he said.

Meanwhile, Obligado said that the four soldiers, who were earlier brought to the Villa Funeral Homes in Salvacion, Panabo City, were already sent to their respective homes.

They were Private First Class’ Ahian Vir Dolero, Marvin Lauronal, Noel Sigan and Private Marcelo Himaya. (ASA)

 

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