Friday, August 23, 2013

NPA Landmines Recovered in Barangay Road, Endangering Civilians

From the Website of Philippine Army

NPA Landmines Recovered in Barangay Road, Endangering Civilians

Mabini, Compostela Valley Province - Two (2) 3-kg landmines of the New People's Army with 72-meter electric wire laid in a concealed area along the barangay road of Purok 3, Barangay Pangibiran, Municipality of Mabini at around 8AM of August 17, Saturday. One resident from informed the squad of 71IB personnel patrolling along their battalion headquarters to Mabini National Highway. 

Immediately after the report, the area was cordoned by the 71IB personnel for the safety of passersby and motorists while said landmines were recovered from the area by the EOD team. By 10AM, the area was secured from said 2 landmines along with the 72-m flat cord (firing wire) and two blasting caps. 

This is another showcase of the NPAs' extreme defiance of the Comprehensive Agreement for the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHIHL) where it is specifically stated in Part 3, Aticle 2 Paragraph 15 that landmines should be banned, says LTC Jerry Borja, the Battalion Commander of the 71st Infantry Battalion. 

In a statement, Major Jake Obligado, the Battalion Commander of the Army's 10th Civil Military Operations Battalion, he said that last February 13, 2011, three innocent civilians were killed in a landmine attack by the NPAs in barangay Libay-libay, Maco of the same province. Another landmine exploded in the school stage of Tibungol Elementary School, Panabo City last August 11, 2011. And, In September 1, 2012, the Paquibato Circus bombing happened where a grenade was thrown by the NPAs in a Circus show in Barangay Fatima, Paquibato District Davao City. It injured 55 innocent civilians including infants, minors and elders. The incident was condemned by the residents and local officials of Davao City. The NPAs are just considering the civilian victims as collateral damage to the terroristic and criminal acts they commit. These criminals do not mind the safety and security of the community who lives peacefully in their respective localities, he added.
PR by the 10ID, PA

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