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2 of six fatalities in Bohol clash were villagers, not Abu Sayyaf members

  • 2 of the 6 fatalities in the Bohol clash identified by military as Abu Sayyaf members were not bandits, but villagers
  • The chairman of Barangay Nabo, where the Abu Sayyaf Group and the military clashed, identified the two as local residents
  • At least 10 Abu Sayyaf members sailed from Basilan to Bohol allegedly to conduct kidnappings

The military reported that six Abu Sayyaf members, including sub-leader Abu Rami, were killed in the Bohol clash last Tuesday, April 11. However, residents claimed two of those killed were not bandits but villagers.

As per an Inquirer  story dated April 13, Constancio Petalco and wife Crisenta, who were both sexagenarians, were among the 6 fatalities recovered by the military in Sitio Ylaya, Barangay Nabo in Inabanga town in Bohol after the clash. They were identified as members of the Abu Sayyaf Group.

“They were not members of Abu Sayyaf. They were residents (of the village),” says Columbus Estoce, chairman of Barangay Nabo.

A certain Ronila Sabijon Kudemas claimed in a Facebook post that the two slain villagers were her uncle and aunt.

A military official said they are investigating the reports about the couple.

“An investigation will be conducted by the police to identify them and their involvement of the group,” Captain Jojo Mascariñas, spokesman of the 302 Brigade, told Inquirer on the phone.