BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The two soldiers of 79th Infantry Battalion died in recent encounter with New People’s Army rebels in Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, will be given full military honors “befitting of a hero” during their wake and on interment, its commander, Lt Col. J-Jay Javines, yesterday said.
Cpl. Biencent John Trero of Brgy. To-oy, Himamaylan City, and Pvt. Cesar Ian Eleuterio, were both killed as their colleagues assaulted a rebel lair on November 3 in Sitio Tiyos, Brgy. Quintin Remo, Moises Padilla.
We shall not let their sacrifices go in vain as we vow to be more relentless in our peace and development effort to end the local armed conflict not only in Moises Padilla but in Negros Occidental as a whole,” Javines said.
The remains of Trero from Cebu, that arrived on November 6 at the Bacolod-Silay Airport on board an Air Force plane, which also transported the cadaver of Eleuterio, of Jamindan, Capiz, to Roxas City Airport, were both accorded with full military honors, respectively.
The four other injured Army soldiers are now in stable condition, Javines said.
On the other hand, families displaced by recent encounters in Brgy. Quintin Remo, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, have returned to their respective homes on November 5, police chief Maj. Randy Babor yesterday said.
This was after the Philippine declared the area has already been cleared, Babor added.
A total of 834 individuals in remote sitios of Brgy. Quintin Remo in Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental and its neighboring sitios within the boundary of Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, left their homes on November 3 for security reasons.*