The AFP killed Arman, but it was not enough for the soldiers to have killed him – they had to mutilate his body. At the funeral parlor, I saw how they riddled his body with bullets, shooting him in the head after he was already dead. His arm was practically torn off when they dragged him. I can accept that as an NPA, he was a combatant and a valid target; but there are laws governing the conduct of war, and the soldiers did not have to brutalize his body. They left his body under the sun and rain for almost two days before they took it to the morgue. The military knows neither mercy nor decency – they are worse than monsters,” she insisted. Katherine is determined to file complaints with human rights bodies, charging the 74th IB of violations against International Humanitarian Law. Her outrage is heightened by the fact that because of the military’s viciousness and disregard for basic tenets of human decency, her children will not see their father’s remains one last time. The casket is closed, and inside, Arman’s body is wrapped in plastic: it is better for those who loved and admired him to remember him as they last saw him, smiling , strong and determined. Katherine now grieves, but amid her sadness, she feels pride and gratitude. Pride because she was Arman’s partner, best friend, comrade. Gratitude because she sees and feels the support and kindness of many, many Filipinos who recognize Arman’s sacrifice for the country and the cause of national liberation. She has never had any reason to regret a single thing in her life with her Arman.