Father of slain NPA insurgent claims daughter’s remains

Posted by watchmen
August 25, 2021

By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga

The father of one of the New People’s Army (NPA) insurgents who were killed in the gun battle at Barangay Kapitan Ramon in Silay City, Negros Occidental last week has arrived in Bacolod City.

Pablo Tariman, father of slain NPA front leader Kerima Lorena Tariman, arrived on Monday to claim his daughter’s remains which were stored at the Manapla Funeral Homes in Silay City.

The elder Tariman was accompanied by Bacolod City Councilor Archie Baribar and they met with Silay City police chief, Police Lt. Colonel Robert Petate.

The younger Tariman is set to be cremated prior to being returned home to her hometown in Daraga, Albay.

The Philippine Army’s 79th Infantry Battalion (79IB) also revealed yesterday morning that they now have the identity of the second slain NPA insurgent.

Lt. Colonel J-Jay Javines, commanding officer of the 79IB, identified the dead NPA insurgent as Joery “Pabling” Cocuba, a resident of Cane Town, Barangay Consing in the town of E.B. Magalona.

According to Javines, Cocuba was an extortionist and he is one of the primary suspects in the burning of heavy equipment last April 2021 at the border between E.B. Magalona and Silay City.

Javines added they are still trying to locate Cocuba’s wife or relatives to properly turnover his remains for burial.

Earlier on Friday, August 20, the younger Tariman, Cocuba, and 18 other NPA fighters engaged in a gun battle with a unit belonging to the 79IB at Hacienda Remunda in Barangay Kapitan Ramon.

Aside from the younger Tariman and Cocuba, Private First Class Christopher Alada was also killed in action during the battle against the insurgents./DGB, WDJ

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