Saturday, August 15, 2015

Army reaffirms commitment and support to IHL, assures support to rescue kidnapped tribal leaders

From the Website of Philippine Army

Army reaffirms commitment and support to IHL, assures support to rescue kidnapped tribal leaders

FORT ANDRES BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – The Philippine Army has assured its support to rescue the kidnapped tribal leaders in Davao del Norte as the leadership reaffirmed in a flag raising ceremony here today its commitment and support to the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Day.

"With our commitment to the IHL, it is imperative that we deliver the Army's all out support to sustain forces on the ground, the 10th Infantry Division in particular, who are are now in an effort to rescue the kidnapped tribal leaders", said Lieutenant General Eduardo M Año, Commanding General of the Philippine Army.

The Army's 68th Infantry Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Vicente Edgardo De Ocampo are now assisting local officials find the kidnap victims as well as in the filing of criminal charges against the kidnappers.

The CPP/NPA bandits of Southern Mindanao Regional Committee kidnapped four tribal leaders identified as Datu Danilo Angcomog; Datu Laris Landakay; Datu Jovanie Angcomog; and Datu Kalumpot Dalon in Sitio Bulo, Brgy Dagohoy, Talaingod, Davao del Norte on August 1, 2015.

Accordingly, the said tribal leaders (Datu) went to the area to settle a “Maghat” or tribal feud regarding a certain “Sapunan Baylohanon Case”.

The above-mentioned Datus are the witnesses of human trafficking cases which resulted to the death of Datu Lito “Lolong” Lundia inside the UCCP Haran Compound, Davao City.

The kidnapped victims are residents of Sitio Inayaman, San Jose, San Fernando, Bukidnon.

Barangay chairman Hon. Jose Baon and sitio leader Nanding Dungutan Angcomog already reported the incident to the municipal police station. The soldiers of 68IB are currently providing assistance to the local officials.

The villagers condemn the kidnapping saying that they are already fed up of the abuses, harassments and deception of the bandits in the area. "Obviously, this is obstruction of justice. The lives of our witnesses are in danger as NPA kidnappers want to twist the facts to their favor", a tribal leader said.

Concerned Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) and tribal chieftains of the said town already held an emergency meeting in order to make a resolution addressed to the CPP/NPA kidnappers for the safe release of the victims.

LtGen Año reiterated that soldiers should commit itself to the proper conduct during operations, the practice of clear command responsibility and the humane treatment of combatants and non-combatants alike.
This year marks the 66th year of the establishment of IHL.


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