The injured New People's Army member, who was captured and brought to a hospital for treatment by his Army captors, has been spared from facing criminal charges, Lt. Col. Efren Morados, 62 nd Infantry Battalion commander, yesterday said.
Morados said they endorsed Diolito Carbanuel, alias Ka Dodoy, 23, to his parents, after he was released Monday from the Alfredo Marañon Sr. Memorial Hospital in Brgy. Bato, Sagay City, where he was treated for a gunshot wound on his right foot.
Carbanuel was among the three rebels, who were reportedly injured in an encounter with 62 nd Infantry Battalion soldiers last month at the boundary of Toboso and Sagay City.
The encounter also led to the death of Hergon Llorente, vice commander of the Northern Negros Front Sentro de Grabidad Platoon, the capture of two suspected NPA members identified as Richard Gallego, alias Ka Jamil, and Rene Villarin, alias Juan, and the recovery of three M-16 rifles, three M-14 rifles, an AK- 47 assault rifle and two .45 caliber pistols, a military report said.
Although Carbanuel confessed his participation in the encounter, Morados said there is no witness who can pinpoint his involvement in any NPA atrocities in northern Negros.
We released him for humanitarian reasons, he added.
Morados said “I hope they (NPA) will realize that our sincere intention is just for peace here in northern Negros.”
The 62 nd IB has been assisting the Provincial Peace Integration and Development Unit, a sub-committee of the Provincial Peace and Order Council, in the development of 11 conflict-affected communities in the hinterlands of Escalante City, Toboso and Calatrava.*GPB