Friday, March 7, 2014

Davao del Sur spearheads condemnation of NPA landmines

From the Website of Philippine Army

Davao del Sur spearheads condemnation of NPA landmines

DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur – The provincial government of Davao del Sur will lead the condemnation rally against the use of landmines of the New People’s Army (NPA) on March 5, 7am, at Digos City.

The condemnation rally dubbed as the Ecumenical Prayer for Peace will start with a Peace Rally at the Fying A Shell Station and end at the Rizal Park, Digos City, wherein a short program will take place. The activity aims to generate social pressure to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (NDF) to stop or dissuade the opposing forces from using illegal explosives such as landmines.

It is expected to generate the active participation of all sectors of the society in condemning the NPA’s recent landmine atrocity in Bansalan, which wounded 12 soldiers and five civilians and to stress the role of the public in advancing the principles of humanity by the unified call for a total ban of use of landmines.

The provincial government of Davao del Sur intends to unify and seek the voluntarily commitment of all sectors of the society and other peace and development stakeholders to contribute to the call and preservation of the gains of peace and other advocacies in attaining a just and lasting peace and in advancing the measures aimed at prohibiting the use of landmines by the NPA.

“I, together with the people of Davao del Sur, condemn in its strongest term the landmine attacks perpetrated by the New People's Army rebels in Bansalan town. We enjoin every peace loving Filipinos to sustain the social pressure in rendering the NPA irrelevant and in massively calling for an end on the use of landmines. We hold the CPP-NPA-NDF (CNN) accountable for the recent landmine attacks against the soldiers and civilians,” said Governor Claude Bautista.

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