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Rebel casualties in Cauayan encounter identified

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• GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Families of the two slain NPA rebels, assisted by the 15IB, claim the cadavers of their deceased family members at a funeral parlor in Kabankalan City.* PA photo

The two suspected New People’s Army rebels, killed in an armed encounter on November 7 in Brgy. YaoYao, Cauayan, Negros Occidental, have been claimed by their respective families, following their positive identification, the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division disclosed yesterday.

They were identified by the Philippine Army as Jovy Basia Moreño, alias Christian, 28, of Sitio Bali, Brgy. Agboy, Candoni, and Warren Briones Cadarin, alias Omar, 30, of Sitio Barasbarasan in Brgy. Manlucahoc, Sipalay City.

Moreño and Cadarin were both members of the South West Front Platoon 3, under the supervision of the Komiteng Rehiyonal- Negros/Cebu/Bohol/ Siquijor.

In a statement issued by the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, the group of Moreño and Cadarin were found responsible for the ambush that killed two 15th Infantry Battalion personnel in Brgy Yaoyao, Cauayan on April 3, 2021.

Both were killed in an encounter with 15IB soldiers also in the barangay, which resulted in the recovery of M14 and M653 assault rifles, a caliber .45 pistol traced back to the late Sgt. Jhoerum Meguillo, and an antipersonnel mine with a blasting  cap, among other items.

They were also involved in an encounter with the 47th Infantry Battalion soldiers on September 21 in Brgy. Tabugon, Kabankalan City, which led to the killing of six of their members, according to the 3ID.

Maj. Gen. Marion Sison, 3ID commander, ordered the 15IB to extend any support to alleviate the burden of the families of two slain rebels, saying their lives had been wasted by false ideologies and beliefs impressed on them by the CPP-NPA.*

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