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Father claims body of NPA leader

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The cadaver of New People’s Army leader, Kerima Lorena Tariman, alias Ka Ella, will be on its way home to Daraga, Albay soon.

Her father, Pablo Tariman, accompanied by her son and an unidentified woman, arrived Monday in Negros Occidental, and claimed her remains to be brought to her hometown in Albay, 1Lt. Dansan Camua, 79IB Civil Military Operations officer, said.

The Philippine Army tagged Ka Ella, 42, as the secretary of the NPA Northern Negros Front.

Camua said the cadaver was claimed yesterday from the Manapla Funeral Parlor in Silay City, and will reportedly be cremated.

Ka Ella and a certain Ka Pabling, whose identity was later established by the 79IB, as Joery Dato-on Cocuba, 38, of Brgy. Consing, EB Magalona, died in an encounter in Hacienda Raymunda, Brgy. Kapitan Ramon, Silay City Friday.

The identity of Cocuba was confirmed by his two neighbors in the barangay, although his family has yet to claim his cadaver, the 79IB said.

Cocuba was also linked by the military to the burning of three heavy equipment in Brgy. San Isidro, EB Magalona, in April this year.

Aside from Tariman and Cocuba, an Army soldier also died in the recent gun-battle.

Mayor Mark Golez said the Silay City government mourned the passing of PFC Christopher Alada, whom he described in his Facebook account, as a great soldier who embodied bravery, selflessness, and heroism.

The body of Alada, a father of two, was brought to his home in Badiangan, Iloilo Saturday.

Aside from war materials, the 79IB also recovered copies of extortion letters reportedly being readied for distribution by the group of Ka Ella to sugar planters and businessmen, among others, in the areas of Silay, Victorias, and EB Magalona, Brig. Gen. Inocencio Pasaporte, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said.*

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