BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya: Police Officer 2 Elmark Rodney Pinated, 25, one of the policemen killed by New People’s Army (NPA) guerillas in Cagayan province, left a young widow and a sorrowful mother who will forever condemn the ideology of communist rebels.
Evelyn Pinated, a native of Lubbuagan, Kalinga province, said the last time she talked with her son was on May 20, when he called her on the phone to greet her because it was her birthday. She said Elmark was generous and loving to his family, especially to his young bride, Grace, who he just married in October last year.
Elmark, a member of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP), has been in the police service for five years. He was assigned in Bangued, Abra province before being transferred to Allacapan, Cagayan.
It was Elmark who drove the Isuzu Elf truck that carried several policemen who were on their way to the Allacapan municipal police station for a medical checkup. Evelyn said that she received the grim news that Elmark has been killed from another son who is also a member of the SAF based in Manila.
In an interview over Bombo Radyo-Tuguegarao, Evelyn said the NPA “killed policemen who maintained peace and order in our communities.”
Evelyn urged the leftist guerillas to stop killing and maiming “fellow human beings” and to give up their “wrong ideology.”
The Panited family took Elmark’s remains to their village. The bodies of the other fatalities are at the Camp Marcelo A. Adduru chapel regional command in Region 2.
Chief Supt. Rodrigo De Gracia, Cagayan Valley Regional Police Director, identified the other fallen policemen as Police Officer 3 Vladimir Tabarejo, PO2 Dexter Cubilla, PO2 Angelbert Mateo, PO2 Ronald Castulo and PO2 Jonel Bowat PO1 Erick Brioso and PO1 Jerome Sanchez.
Those wounded were Police Officer 2 Ronald Gomez, PO2 Gepano Adangui, PO2 Ricky Monay, PO2 Joefrey Liagao Amilagan, PO2 Jofrey Dalauidao, PO1 Ryan Asunio and PO1 Ephraim Dolete.
Tribal court trial
Most of the dead and wounded were natives of the provinces of Kalinga and Apayao.
Thus, tribal leaders in these provinces are expected to prosecute those responsible for the crime.
Earlier in Kalinga, the Matagoan Bodong Consultative Council (MBCC) resumed the prosecution of rebel leaders over the May 9 ambush of two soldiers who were reportedly escorting elections materials in Kalinga province when killed.
Acting on the complaints filed by the Army’s 5ID having jurisdiction over 17th IB troops where the two fatalities belonged, the MBCC said the council shall be guided by customary laws and tradition.
Tribal council chairman and Tabuk City mayor Ferdinand Tubban said the perpetrators, if found guilty, will be meted punishment in accordance with their tradition.