Army official condemns another bomb explosion in remote area of Davao City

May 31, 2010 1:38 pm 

DAVAO CITY, May 31 – Army official here condemned the latest incident of bomb explosion, where another soldier died and seven others wounded, at Sitio Mitondo, Barangay Sibulan, Toril, this city on Saturday.

Captain Emmanuel Garcia, spokesperson of the 10th Infantry Division based in Camp Apolinario, Panacan here said that an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by members of the New People's Army (NPA) exploded, killing Private First Class Melencio Dalisay.

Garcia also criticized the planting of IEDs by the rebels as innocent civilians get hurt.

"The use of IED by the NPA shows their treacherous method as a terrorist organization. It is an utter disregard to the safety of non-combatants to place IEDs along the way where ordinary people might get hurt," he said.

Garcia said three armed battles with the NPA on that day left the rebel group scurrying.

"Troops of the 5th Scout Ranger Company clashed with NPA terrorists in Sitio Mitondo at 9:30 a.m. and after 15 minutes, soldiers from the 69th Infantry Battalion engaged another group of terrorists four kilometers away at Sitio Mamaon,” he said.

Garcia said in both instances, the NPAs fled and concealed themselves but just like the previous encounters; people informed our troops of their whereabouts.

Garcia said the continued encounter with the armed group has left them cornered.

He said troops of the 5th Scout Ranger Company clashed with the rebel group around 1:45 p.m. Saturday in Sitio Mitondo.

"Our troops, however, suffered casualties due to the improvised explosive device the terrorist blew-up along the way," Garcia said.

"The terrorists have suffered casualties in the series of clashes but have repeatedly denied them as their standard lie to project an image of strength," he added. (PNA) FFC/JSGD/lvp

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