Professor-turned-NPA rebel captured in Davao skirmish


ZAMBOANGA CITY: The military is holding a former professor who helped write propaganda books for communist leader Jose Maria Sison, a regional army spokesman said on Thursday.

Army Capt. Alberto Caber of the Eastern Mindanao Command, said Prof. Kim Gargar was wounded in a recent clash with government troops in Davao Oriental’s Cateel town. He said an automatic rifle was also recovered from Gargar in the village of Aliwagwag where troops killed a rebel leader.

He said Gargar was retrieved by members of the 67th Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col. Krish-namurti Mortela, and given first aid before being brought to the Davao Oriental provincial hospital.

“We are still interrogating Professor Kim Gargar and so far he is cooperating with us,” Caber told The Manila Times. “Prof. Gargar was unconscious an apparently abandoned by rebels when troops found him.”

Gargar told interrogators that he joined the NPA last year, but previously helped Sison in the production of several books aimed at exploiting villagers in the countryside. He said his wife works as a news writer for an online newspaper.

Gargar said he was a Physics professor at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City and also worked at the Don Mariano University in Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental province and in Polytechnic University and Mapua University, both in Manila. He was also doctorate scholar in University of Groningen in The Netherlands.

Caber said the human rights group Karapatan has visited Gargar in Davao and allegedly told the former professor not to talk or give any statement to the military. Caber said the professor has praised the soldiers for saving his life.

General Ricardo Rainier Cruz 3rd, chief of the Eastern Mindanao Command, ordered military units to continue operations against the NPA and at the same urged rebels to surrender peacefully. He also commended the soldiers for saving the life of Gargar.

“Gargar is an example of how our soldiers really value and respect human rights,” Cruz said.

The NPA, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philip-pines, has been fighting for a separate state in the country.


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  1. It’s scary to antagonize the military, with their long list of human violations. If you’re alone with the military, the best you can do to stay alive is following what they want you to do. Knowing Kim, who grew up to be gentle with his family, neighbors, friends, teachers, and classmates, it is not difficult to believe that he was in great fear while in the hands of the military. That is the very reason perhaps why Kim was making up answers that will delight the military, knowing that antagonizing the armed dogs will certainly hurt him to brutal death. Kim is in a terrifying situation now, and he desperately needs the support from all his friends, colleagues, teachers, professors, and neighbors whom he had come across with. Writing and posting all over social media will surely give Kim more strength to fight against his government-inflicted ordeal now. Please made it known to the whole world that he is not the evil which the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Government painted him to be. Let us show to our students, professionals, scientists, and the Filipino people that we will never tolerate that the Philippine government will just bastardize those who sacrificed turning their backs on much better opportunities and selflessly served the Filipino people. Please spread this appeal through your facebook wall, blogsite, or in all social media sites you are in.

  2. As a bright boy from an underprivileged family in Iligan, Kim treasured scientific education and viewed it not just as a tool to further his personal gains but as a critical element in developing technologies for national development.