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  • Writer's pictureDPAO, 5th Infantry (STAR) Division, Philippine Army

Member of terrorist CPP-NPA slain by his comrades

CAMP MELCHOR F DELA CRUZ, Upi, Gamu, Isabela- A cadaver of a terrorist Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) who was killed and indecently buried by his comrades was exhumed by the troops of 501st Infantry Brigade together with the 77th Infantry Battalion and PNP forces at Sitio Birao, Barangay Hacienda Intal, Baggao, Cagayan on June 4, 2021.

Through the disclosed information by an asset, the cadaver of Vincent Cusipag alias MJ was excavated and recovered in the said place which was witnessed by some locals and Barangay Officials of Hacienda Intal. He was positively identified by his grandmother, Christina Samoy through his clothes and his bracelet.

According to the revelation of the informant, alias MJ joined the terrorist CPP-NPA sometime in year 2018. But due to the hardships and difficulties running away from government troops, he escaped from the group and went on lie-low. Unfortunately, the terrorist CPP-NPA did not give him a chance to start a new life and be with his grandmother. On May 2019, five members of the terrorist CPP-NPA led by a certain alias Andy captured, killed and eventually buried him in Sitio Birao.

The killing of Alias MJ was the verdict of the terrorist CPP-NPA’s Kangaroo court. The informant said that alias MJ pleaded the NPA members to spare his life but the group did not listen and murdered him helplessly.

Meanwhile, alias Yain, a resident of Sitio Birao, Hacienda Intal voluntarily surrendered to the troops of 77IB on the same date. He also surrendered his homemade cal. 30 rifle.

MGen Laurence E Mina PA, Commander of 5th Infantry Division, Philippine Army commended the 17th Infantry Battalion and the 501st Infantry Brigade for their continuing effort to pursue peace and prosperity in Cagayan. “It is our goal to ensure the safety of the people against the terrorist CPP-NPA in our Area of Responsibility. These accomplishments speak of the professionalism and dedication to duty of every Startrooper. We are on the right tract in ending the terror of the communist insurgents.”

He then extended his condolences to the bereaved family of alias MJ who was killed inhumanely by the terrorist CPP-NPA. “This Command condemns the inhumane acts of the terrorist CPP-NPA. They have shown complete disregard and gross disrespect of human rights, not just of alias MJ’s, but of all of their victims. With public’s cooperation and all out support of the different government agencies, we will surely sustain our gains in winning this fight to end insurgency.”

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