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Tuesday, 19 September 2023

Slain rebel receives decent burial from gov't troops, LGU 

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur -- The government troops of the 36th Infantry “Valor” Battalion facilitated the descent burial of the remains of a member of the communist terrorist group (CTG) who was unluckily killed in the recent encounter in Barangay Maticdum, Tandag City.

Authorities identified the slain rebel as Dexter Salazar Maca alias Jeric, 37 years old  and a resident of Barangay Buenavista, Tandag City.

In a report of the 36IB Civil-Military Operations chief, Capt. Reyzander Ga,  revealed that the troops of the 36IB retrieved the remains of the killed CTG member from the location of the encounter and decently turned them over to the family and relatives, with the support of the provincial government of Surigao del Sur, headed by the chair of the Regional/Provincial Peace and Order Council (R/PPOC), Governor Alexander Pimentel.  

The city government of Tandag reportedly shouldered all the expenses associated with the funeral services and subsequent interment, the army official confirmed.

The family of Maca was grateful to the troops for retrieving the body and for giving the dead with utmost respect.

The mother of Maca expressed, “Sir, kami nagpasalamat sa inyo mga kasundaluhan nga inyong gikuha ang patay nga lawas niya ug nabalik gayud sa amoa bisan layo kaayo mi. Daghang salamat Sir, (Sir, we thank your soldiers for retrieving his dead body and for returning to us, even though we are so far. Thank you very much Sir)."

36IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Vincent M Viray said that, “despite being an enemy of the state, were saddened and grieved together with the family of the dead CTG who was only a victim of CNT’s misplaced and wrong ideology.”

"We ensure that the integrity of the cadaver is well taken care of. We are calling to the remaining CNTs who are out there to surrender peacefully and preserve their life. There is so much more to enjoy outside than hiding in the wrong group. The government is here to support you if you ever change your mind and decide to surrender,” Lt. Col. Viray noted.

Meanwhile, Indigneous Peoples Municipal Representative (IPMR) Datu Rico Maca of San Miguel, Surigao del Sur posted in his social media account and called the remaining members of the new people's army (NPA) to surrender. He further mentioned a certain Joel Maca Mahinay alias Nico of Guerilla Front 30, to hopefully return to the folds of the government.

The IPMR strongly condemned the NPA for recruiting the IPs. “I, along with my family, strongly condemn the NPA for continuously deceiving and recruiting the IPs," he stated. (NGPB/PIA-Surigao del Sur)