“To live peacefully is to live happily, but to live with misery leads to jeopardy.”
The life of a campus student activist was wasted, after joining the senseless armed struggle, fighting a battle that he should not be, and dying in a place that meant nothing to him.
The recent encounter that occurred in Sitio Lay, Brgy. Dalije, Miagao, Iloilo on June 29, 2020, between the operating troops of 61IB and members of CPP-NPA Terrorist resulted in the loss of life of an NPA member named Malvin Christian Cruz also known as Alyas LEAN/LUCAS.
Cruz was the team leader of Squad 3, Suyak Platoon, Southern Front, Komiteng Rehiyon-Panay, who was killed by operating troops of the Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion (61IB) while conducting a combat operation in the mountainous part of the said barangay.
The 61IB troops received information from concerned citizens that the NPA terrorists have been recruiting minors in San Joaquin and Miagao, all of Iloilo. This led to the discovery of the NPA hideout, that has been used as staging area for their terroristic attacks against government forces and innocent civilians.
The NPA members were believed to be under the Suyak (SDG) Platoon, Southern Front, Komiteng Rehiyon-Panay led by Joven Ceralvo Alyas LEAN/LUCAS.
The body of Cruz was found dead in the encounter site along with his M16 rifle after receiving fatal gunshot wound and being left by his comrades.
Alyas LEAN/LUCAS, a 21-year old campus activist that turned to a rebel, was studying Bachelor of Science in Statistics Circa at the University of the Philippines Visayas – Miagao Campus in 2015-2016.
He was an active member of the League of the Filipino Students (LFS) in the UPV Miagao Campus and a member of IBON Foundation, a Non-Government Organization (NGO).
He was recruited and eventually joined the NPA at the age of 17 years old.
Alyas LEAN/LUCAS, being an active member of LFS, used to join rallies and campaigns against the government to address educational issues and school repression.
He is from Barangay San Nicolas, Oton, Iloilo, and spent his elementary education at Iloilo Central Elementary School (ICES) and his secondary education at Oton National High School in Oton, Iloilo.
The student activist died after choosing to live in misery hiding and enduring hardships in mountains after abandoning his own freedom and family. This is clear evidence that the Communist NPA Terrorists continue to recruit minors and youth from universities.
Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara, Commanding Officer of 61IB, 3rd Infantry Division, has expressed his sincere condolences to the bereaved family and warned the remaining NPA members to surrender and be instruments of peace and development.
Batara also reminded all parents to watch over their children from the deceptive recruitment schemes of the communist terrorists. (Philippine Information Agency)