A government trooper is grieving the death of his twin brother who chose to remain with the communist movement.
“The pain of losing someone close to your heart is unbearable,” said Gelejurain I Alce Nguho after hearing the sad plight of his twin brother Gelejurain ll who was killed in an encounter in Davao de Oro last February 24.
Gelejurain ll was among the five members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who figured in an encounter with state forces in Purok-8, Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Davao de Oro.
He was identified by the military as a former volunteer teacher at the Community Technical College of Southeastern Mindanao, Inc. (CTCSM), allegedly being run by the NPA in Maco, Davao de Oro, before it was shut down in 2020.
In a video posted on the John Paul Seniel Reports on Tuesday, an emotional Gelejurain l could be seen fighting back tears as he was informed of his brother’s death while he was training at the Army’s 10th Infantry Division.
“There’s no chance for us to talk and see each other again. This is very painful to me, Gelejurain ll is my best friend, my confidante. We can no longer make new songs and play the guitar,” he said.
He recounted that his entire family was doing everything so Gelejurain ll could come home but various front groups would not make their reunion possible.
“Before his death, we had a misunderstanding because I forced him to surrender. It may be hard but we need to accept his fate,” Gelejurain l said.
Gelejurain l admitted that his parents and siblings joined the NPA but only Gelejurain ll refused to surrender and remained in the communist organization.
Gelejurain l along with his girlfriend was captured during an encounter at Barangay Mapula, Paquibato district in this city on November 14, 2020. He is also a scholar of Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation Incorporated (MISFI) and a part-time teacher in Haran.
Gelejurain l chose to join the Philippine Army after he was captured by members of the 27th Infantry Battalion.
He admitted that he was forced to join the armed group because it was part of his revolutionary integration.
Besides, he said he has to abide by a five-year service return agreement to teach after being a MISFI scholar at the Liceo de Davao in Tagum City.