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.”