Soldiers of 74th Infantry Battalion together with local leaders pick up the pieces of the skeletal remains of victims of CPP/NPA “Operation Missing Link” (OPML) in San Francisco Quezon.
By U.S. News Agency / Asian
The relatives and families of the victims of the missing members of the underground CPP/NPA once again decry the leadership of the organization for extra judicial killings committed against their members with outright disregards of their rights. The relatives cried as they witnessed another “mass graves” of about 30 skeletal remains believe to have been summarily executed by CPP/NPA were exhumed on July 21, 2012 at 9:00am at Sitio Irrigation, Brgy Pagsangahan, San Francisco, Quezon.
Mrs Reyes, mother of Sevirino Reyes, a survivor of the Operation Missing Link (OPML) in Southern Luzon, said “Our love ones left us and dedicated their lives to what they believed was a noble cause, in return the CPP/NPA tortured and killed them in secret NPA camps in the mountains of Sierra Madre”.
Based on the report submitted by Ltc Dennis Perez, Commanding Officer of 74th IB, combined effort of LCE’s headed by Barangay Chairman Rebecca Ruga, 14-man team of Philippine Army belonging to 74th Infantry Battalion headed by 1LT CARLO CATALAN, and Philippine National Police of San Francisco, Quezon headed by PSI RAUL AVENILLA, with local residents proceeded to the area and exhumed at least thirty (30) skeletal remains of unidentified persons. Local officials believed these skeletal remains to be buried decades ago in the vegetated hill. People interviewed within the village feared the blatant disregard the victim’s right as they saw broken skull, evidence of torture. They have no knowledge of the history in the locality.
The skeletal remains were accidentally discovered by Mr Romel Malinao who was at that time plowing his farm when he found bones and skulls in a piece of land he was tending. Upon the discovery, he immediately sought assistance from local officials of the barangay.
Ka Benjie, Severino Saruno was one of the lucky survivors of OPML in 1989. He escaped from the NPA camp established somewhere in the mountain of Cagsiay 3, Mauban, Qzn. He knew many camps of NPA established in different places in Quezon province. Before he escaped, he was a member of the NPA team assigned to guard the prisoners, suspected Deep Penetration Agents.
Until now, he shivered with fear as he remembered the incident. He knew most of them and believed that these prisoners had no fault. But he had to restraint his comment because he might prejudice his own self. He escaped because after a while, he noticed that whenever prisoners were sentenced to die, the guards never returned. It came to appoint that a handful remained from their original number of 30 fully armed group. He found an opportunity to escape from the camp after he was tasked to get food supplies somewhere at designated place in Mauban Quezon. He left his other companion because he can no longer trust anybody there. Pretending to attend to his personal call, he ran towards the barrio. But on his way he was captured by 237 PC company, and was jointly assisted by AFP.
During the interview he revealed all the detail he knew about the Operation Missing Link (OPML). He guided the AFP-PNP troops at the exact location of the camp in order to assist those still alive and save them from death from CPP/NPA’s purging.
When they arrived in the area, the NPA were gone. But accordingly, the series of military operation that followed gave prisoners of the OPML chances to escaped.
He pinpointed the exact location of mass graves. He identified some of those victims of execution were Ramil A Nablo, Manuel Maniquez, Sexirino A Bermeo,Felix T Vargas, Abegail Datario, Tirso Maasim, Charles Santuyo, Rogelio F de torres, Ruben de Torres, Ruben De Ramos, Wilfredo Santuyo, Mariano Brozal, Mariano Maligay, Carlos Carino, Efren Catan, Valeriano Palmiano, Crisanto Arcayos, Zaloyu Arandela, Felemon Elocario, Sgt Liston Guzman. He assisted the AFP-PNP and the government provided them decent burial, all of them were transferred and laid in the mass gravesite in Brgy Bukal Sur, Candelaria, Quezon
He further identified as one of the leaders of CPP/NPA’s “Kangaroo Court” in Southern Tagalog to implement Campaign “Operation Missing Link” was the famous late “Ka Roger”, Rogelio Rosal who was one of the group involved in deciding in torturing a suspected military asset of what they called, DPA, Deep Penetration Agent.
He further said that “Operation Missing Link” (OPML) is the CPP/NPA anti-infiltration campaign in Southern Tagalog. Likewise, Inquirer News service, written by Juan V. Sarmiento Jr. posted on Dec 25, 2003, said “The campaign of the CPP against suspected deep penetration agents of the AFP killed at least a thousand of its cadres, NPAs, labor leaders, community organizers, farmers and small workers. It was implemented nationwide, “Kampanyang Ahos” in Mindanao, the anti-infiltration campaign conducted by the CPP Mindanao Commission (Mindacom) in 1985, and in 1982 anti-infiltration campaign in Quezon-Bicol Zone (QBZ)”.