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Remains Of Rebel Leader Unearthed In Baggao Town, Cagayan

BAGGAO TOWN – The remains of a suspected rebel leader was unearthed by policemen and army in Baggao town, Cagayan province.

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The military said in a belated report that they identified the body as that of Justine Bautista under the alias “Aira,” a medical officer and political guide of the New People’s Army (NPA)-Northern Front Komiteng Rehiyon-Cagayan Valley, according to a report from Inquirer.

Bautista was a former student of Cagayan State University, and a member of the College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines. His remains were discovered at Sitio Kapanisuwan in Barangay Bitag Grande in the town.

The Army cited a statement from a former rebel, who served as the guide in going to the gravesite that Bautista was buried after his death in an encounter between the NPA-Northern Front and Army soldiers in a failed attack at a military detachment in San Jose there on the 25th of June 2017.

5th Infantry Division commander Major Gen Laurence Mina said that the rebel leader should have given a decent burial since he was the son of an alleged rebel commander that was operating in Cagayan.

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