Sibagat MTF-ELCAC provides decent burial to deceased CPP-NPA terrorist leader

POBLACION, Sibagat, Agusan Del Sur – The Municipal Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC) of Sibagat, Agusan del Sur and the 65th Infantry (Stalwart) Battalion provided a decent burial to the CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) who died during the armed engagement at the uninhabited area in Sta. Cruz , Sibagat, Agusan del Sur last July 22, 2022.

The deceased CNT was identified by a former rebel as alias Arby/Weng, a CNT leader with real name Rocky Maturan Vazquez, 33 years of age from Brgy Mahayag, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur. The identity of the deceased CNT was confirmed by his mother, Ermelinda Maturan Vazquez, and his brother Dindo Maturan Vazquez, as family claimants.

The chairman of MTF -ELCAC of the municipality of Sibagat, Hon. Mayor Thelma G. Lamanilao, immediately commited to give assistance to the family and shoulder the casket of the deceased, as well as the meals and transportation expenses of the family going to Bislig City, where the deceased will be brought for proper funeral.

Lt. Col Emerson P. De Vera, 65IB Commanding Officer, offers his condolences to the bereaved family and extends his gratitude to the Sibagat MTF- ELCAC for their commitment to end the local communist armed conflict and achieve inclusive and sustainable peace in Sibagat.

“There are many programs by the government for us to uplift the lives of everyone, be hard working and appreciate simple living to avoid deceptive ways of the CPP-NPA terrorists’ recruitment. Do not be a victim of terrorists and waste your life by joining them. Avail the government’s programs such as the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E CLIP) and live a peaceful life together with your family. We prefer to assist you to improve your lives and live better than assist you lifeless. Think of your family and loves ones.” Lt. Col. De Vera said.

“Dong Rocky, wala unta mahitabo ni nimo ug naminaw paka sa akoa nga imong inahan. Imo jud gipili ang pag rebelde Dong. Masama ang loob ko pag lakaw nimo pero mas sakit kaayu sa dughan magtan-aw sa imong kahimtang karun. Wala koy laen mahimo kundi sa pag ampo ug kaloy an unta ka sa Ginoo”, Nanay Ermelinda said.

In his message, Hon. Mayor Thelma G. Lamanilao, PhD., expressed her gratitude to 65IB. “I would like to thank LT. COL. EMERSON P. DE VERA, the CO of 65th Infantry Battalion and the entire unit for their commendable commitment to end the local communist armed conflict, in which the success of neutralization is the result of massive development in the municipality. I would also like to extend my condolences to the bereaved family of the deceased. We immediately provided casket and covered the transportation expenses of the remains to Bislig, ” He said.

“We strongly condemn the atrocities and illegal activities of the CPP-NPA-NDF in the entire municipality. We have plans and programs relative to the peace and development of our municipality, where they can live with their loved ones free from threats and deception, ” Mayor Lamanilao added.

The deceased was properly turned over with required documents to the family by the Sibagat Police Station and now at Sta. Cruz, Bislig City for the funeral and scheduled burial tomorrow.

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