Senior couple killed in Bohol clash were civilians, not terrorists: relatives

Annie Fe Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 14 2017 05:00 PM | Updated as of Apr 15 2017 02:21 AM

Marcos Petalco Logronio (from left), Isabel Rotora and Natividad Cenabre, attend the funeral of their brother, Constancio Petalco, in Bohol on Saturday. Relatives Constancio and wife Constantina, both killed in Tuesday's crossfire between government forces and the Abu Sayyaf group, said the two victims were mistakenly identified as terrorists. Annie Fe Perez, ABS-CBN News

Relatives of a couple killed in Tuesday's crossfire between government forces and the Abu Sayyaf group said the two victims were mistakenly identified as terrorists.

According to family members, Constantina, 68, and Constancio Petalco, 66, failed to heed government orders to evacuate Barangay Napo, Inabanga town, Bohol, because they were slow to move and old. Constantina also had joint problems.

The Petalcos are seeking justice and compensation from the government.

On Friday afternoon, authorities are still investigating the Petalcos for possible collusion with the Abu Sayyaf because a member of the bandit group from Bohol is a nephew of the couple.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Jose Dodjie Belloga Jr., commander of the 47th Infantry Batallion, said the couple were considered part of the Abu Sayyaf because they refused to clear the premises.

"Iyong mga naiwan sa loob, sa amin, are considered supporters or kasama ng ASG," Belloga said.

The Petalco couple were laid to rest at Cawayan Public Cemetery, while four alleged Abu Sayyaf members were buried at Lutao Public Cemetery.