Army readying charges
versus 19 alleged rebels
BY GILBERT BAYORAN
The Philippine Army was slammed yesterday by Karapatan for the arrest of 19 they claim to be innocent civilians in Isabela, Negros Occidental, who allegedly participated in the encounter, that resulted in the death of two soldiers, and injuries to four others.
Col. Francisco Patrimonio, 302nd Infantry Brigade commander, however, said they will pursue the filing of criminal charges against the 19 alleged rebels, who were arrested Thursday at the encounter site in Sitio Mahopaho, Brgy. San Agustin, Isabela.
The Isabela encounter claimed the lives of PFCs Dennis Acosta and Oliver Grecia. Three of the four injured soldiers were identified as 2Lt. Shannon Pamitan, Sgt. Romeo Castellano and PFC Justin Esquibel, all assigned at the Alpha Company of the 11th Infantry Battalion.