The killed NPA during the encounter between the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) and elements of 23rd Infantry Battalion (IB) last November 30, 2019, was properly identified by the authorities during the public identification in Butuan City on December 2, 2019.
Through his brother, the NPA minor killed was identified as Litboy Talja Binongcasan, 16 years old, from Sitio Shiohan, Brgy. Malinao, Gingoog City.
Accordingly, Litboy was a Grade six pupil of Sitio Sioan Elementary School in Brgy. Malinao, Gingoog City when he went missing sometime February 2019.
It can be recalled that the government troops during the encounter, which transpired in Sitio Salvacion, Brgy. Manila de Bugabos, Butuan City recovered of two AK-47 rifles, one M16A1 rifle, one M16A1-RMC rifle, five civilian backpacks, two bandoleers, subversive documents, and other personal belongings along with the body of the said minor.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander Eastern Mindanao Command expresses his grief on the fate of the minor and condemns the CTG’s continuous use of children in armed struggle.
“We are saddened with the fate of Litboy. His case is a clear violation of children’s rights. He was deceptively recruited for the ideology he does not even understand. This act is being condemned in the highest form. It paints the true color of the CTGs who disregard the concern and human rights of the people, particularly the children,” Lt. Gen Santos Jr. said.