Thursday, November 8, 2012

Autopsy report: Bodies of 4 soldiers bore torture marks

From the Philippine News Agency (Nov 9): Autopsy report: Bodies of 4 soldiers bore torture marks

The autopsy report for the four soldiers killed by communist rebels in Paquibato district last November 4 showed the victims' bodies bore torture marks plus stab and gunshot wounds, a military official bared here on Thursday. “It shows 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, who presented the autopsy report during a press briefing here. Obligado said the report is to show that the four members of the 60th Infantry Battalion's Peace and Development Team were tortured first before they were murdered by the New People's Army (NPA) rebels, who claimed the soldiers were killed in a legitimate encounter.... “We condemn this barbaric act of the notorious New People’s Army that massacred four of our men without considering that they were non-combatants at the time,” Paniza said in a statement. He added that the military is gaining momentum in harmonizing with the community and “that’s what the NPA is afraid of.”

1 comment:

  1. And so the propaganda war between the Philippine military and the NPA Southern Mindanao command over the deaths of the four soldiers continues. The ball is back in the NPA's court.


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