AFP condemns continued usage of roadside bombs by NPAs

March 17, 2015 1:48 am 

By Priam F. Nepomuceno

MANILA, March 16 (PNA) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday strongly condemned the continued usage of the roadside bombs by the New People’s Army rebels as three soldiers more killed and while five more were wounded during an ambush along Los Arcos, Prosperidad town, Agusan Del Sur last March 14.

All the fatalities and wounded are members of the 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion, AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said.

"The use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in armed conflict is a clear violation of UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW or CCWC), particularly the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects," he added.

Cabunoc said this convention covers landmines, booby traps, incendiary weapons, blinding laser weapons and clearance of explosive remnants of war.

"Landmine attacks are also punishable under Philippine laws, particularly the provisions of Republic Act 9851 that was enacted in 2009," the AFP public affairs office chief stressed.

The Army and the PNP will file appropriate charges against the NPA bandits for these violent attacks. (PNA)

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