SHARIFF AGUAK, Philippines -The mutilated bodies of two missing soldiers recently abducted by rebels were recovered by government forces late afternoon on Monday in the restive Southern Philippines province of Maguindanao, military said on Tuesday morning.
Lt Col. Kit Teofilo, the Commanding Officer of the 68th Infantry Battalion said that the cadavers of the late Pfc Dunhill Aragon and Pfc Henry Caunga were found by the responding troops along the Isulan-Cotabato highway in Shariff Aguak.
“The face of one soldier was mangled beyond recognition before he was shot in the head. The other had torture marks all over his body including hack wounds. It was a horrible crime committed by heartless individuals,” said Teofilo, the immediate superior of the two slain soldiers.
Two other unidentified male victims were also recovered along with the two dead soldiers. The cadavers were brought to Piad Funeral Homes in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat at around 6:00 p.m. Monday.
According to Teofilo, the two soldiers were traveling by motorcycle towards Cotabato City to withdraw money, when they were stopped by heavily armed men after passing Shariff Aguak town.
They were declared missing when they were not able to make it to their destination in Monday morning, he added.
The Army has condemned the summary executions perpetrated by followers of Ameril Umbra Kato, the leader of the breakaway group of former MILF fighters now known as the BIFF. (Xinhua)