Long-lost bro comes home dead

JOSEPHINE Clarion saw her brother, Butch Carl, for the last time on Dec. 21, 2010 and she did not see him for nearly six years.

Their reunion happened last Thursday (July 28) night, but Butch Carl did not embrace his older sister.

Josephine said her brother’s body was riddled with 10 gunshot wounds. He was found by the side of the road earlier that day.

“Nganong naingon ana man ka (Why has this happened to you)?” she told her brother inside a funeral parlor in Rosario, Agusan del Sur.

She said the image of her brother gripped her heart. She prayed for him to come home in Barangay Ocaña, Carcar City.

Josephine even dreamed of him several times and the dreams go back to their childhood. Before she discovered her brother’s lifeless pictures on Facebook on the morning of July 28, she dreamed of him again.

Sa akong hunahuna, kamingaw lang to ba. Kusog to siyang mohagok (In my mind, I was missing him. He had a loud snore),” she said.

Josephine works as a house help in Dipolog City, Zamboanga. On the same day, during her free time, she scanned her Facebook page and discovered the photo of her brother. She immediately went to Agusan del Sur, after she asked permission from her employers.

Butch Carl’s death is still a mystery because no one saw who killed him in Masabong, Bayugan 3, Rosario, which the police said is a hotbed of communist rebels.

Rumors spread that Butch Carl was a rebel, although it still needs to be verified.

When asked if her brother became a rebel or doing illegal activities, Josephine said she would never know.

Butch Carl, she added, was mild-mannered.

Wala man ko makakita nga nag-minaldito na diri (I didn’t see him misbehaving),” said Josephine.

On Dec. 20, 2010, during the birthday of her twins, Josephine said Butch Carl told her that a friend recruited him to work in a mining site in Mindanao, but he did not mention the specific place.

Josephine and their parents did not stop him because they needed money.

If her brother really worked as a miner, she said it is possible he was robbed by thieves and got shot in the process.

Before he left, Josephine said she gave her mobile number to Butch Carl, who promised to call her when he would be able to buy a phone.

Josephine’s number got blocked by the network, after she failed to buy a load in the early months of 2011.

Wala na miy komunikasyon sukadsukad (Since then we have not communicated),” she said.

Butch Carl will be buried in a public cemetery in Barangay Poblacion, Sibonga today.

Josephine said her family wants to know the truth behind her brother’s murder.

Gidawat na namo ang kamatuoran kon unsa siya o naunsa siya (We have accepted the truth on who he is or what had happened to him),” she said.
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