From the Philippine Information Agency (Jul 22): PNP confirms move to unmask identity of 'killed NPA rebels behind Prosperidad incident' buried in SurSur
Surigao del Sur Officer-In-Charge (OIC) provincial director P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero admitted that his office is trying to exert efforts to unmask the identities of buried New People’s Army (NPA) rebels slain in botched attack on July 15 in Prosperidad town, Agusan del Sur.
Verdadero said that he was tipped by intelligence agents that some nine dead bodies believed to have been among those who participated during the attack in Prosperidad, have been buried, particularly, in San Miguel and Tago towns.
The provincial chief PNP indicated that such matter is a police concern that requires a thorough investigation.
It will be recalled that right after what happened, Army 401st Brigade Commander Col. Gregory Cayetano appealed on the relatives of the slain rebels to coordinate with barangay local government units (LGUs) in their respective localities in order to give their “dead” a decent burial.
Besides, the army officer also wanted all injured NPA rebels to be brought to hospitals for medical treatment.
Cayetano bared that the rebels who attacked the house of Datu Calpit Egua in Prosperidad, including those who were ordered to set up blockades, with estimated combined strength of four platoons, were groups coming from various guerilla fronts (GFs) whose other members hail from several towns in Surigao del Sur, citing San Miguel and Tago, aside from other rebel-influenced areas in the province, hence he was confident that these people will return to their places of abode.
During the incident, 18 were confirmed killed, 13 of which were NPA rebels, four were baganis or Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) warriors, while one was an army soldier.
Reportedly, there were also a lot who were believed to have been fatally wounded on the side of the enemy forces.
Meanwhile, Verdadero added that his order to all police units to be in full alert status stays until revoked.
He declined to say what issues were not settled, MindaNews said in its report.
With Iqbal’s statement and the previous meeting between the GPH-MILF Peace Panels in Kuala Lumpur from July 8-11, 2014 yielded “modest progress”, a mutually-acceptable draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) has become uncertain.
In their four-day meeting in Manila that ended on Monday, July 21, there were no major issues resolved, no joint statement issued and no next meeting scheduled, according to MindaNews.
Government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer in a statement posted on OPAPP website said, “There continue to be significant points of differences between the Parties” in their review of the draft BBL. Ferrer, however did not elaborate on what were those “significant points of differences”.
But she said government “stands firm that we want a Bangsamoro Basic Law that can withstand political and legal scrutiny and be acceptable to various stakeholders, and the nation as a whole.”
Atty. Marvic Leonen, now Supreme Court Associate Justice during his stint as chair of the GPH Peace Panel had repeatedly said that the asymmetrical relationship that the MILF had put forward for the future Bangsamoro can be worked out “within the flexibility of the 1987 Constitution.”
Hopes for submission of the draft BBL to congress before President Aquino deliver his State of the Nation Address (SONA) before the joint session of the two chambers is fading away.(Source:MindaNews)