MANILA, Philippines - A cadaver of a suspected member of the New People's Army (NPA) was discovered by villagers in Compostela Valley Wednesday morning, the military said.
The body of the NPA rebel was found in Sitio Totoy, Barangay San Jose, Monkayo, Compostela Valley around 8:30 a.m.
The unidentified NPA member was believed to have been abandoned by his fellow bandits, following the encounter with soldiers from the 25th Infantry Battalion last March 24.
The corpse was turned over to the local government unit for proper disposition, the military said.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. Aurelio Baladad, Commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command, scored the bandits' disregard for the dignity of human life, as well as the sanctity of death.
"This is how they treat and exploit their own people. They don’t have any concern for a wounded fellow and just let him die. The same thing happened when the NPA bandits left their vice commander to die during their failed attack in Mati, Davao Oriental last month", Baladad said.
"We are calling on our deceived brothers who are still with the New People's Army for them to lay down their arms and live peaceful and meaningful lives," he added.