Military says NPA violated CARHRIHL in conducting Iloilo offensive

March 27, 2012 1:13 am 

MANILA, March 26 — The Philippine Army's 4th Infantry Division condemned the New People's Army (NPA) rebels for indiscriminately firing at soldiers and civilians in the boundaries of Barangays Adgao and Ingay, Tabungan, Iloilo, Monday morning.

Major Enrico Gil Ileto, 4th Infantry Division spokesperson, said this latest round of NPA atrocities violated the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

Three civilians and two soldiers were hurt when the rebels fired at vehicles belonging to the PA's 82nd Infantry Battalion which was heading towards Poblacion Tubungan to pick up students set to undergo training at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Training Center in Iloilo City at around 7:55 a.m. Monday.

“This is continued disregard of the CARHRIHL to which the communist group is a signatory,” Ileto said.

CARHRIHL states that parties involved in the agreement should affirm and apply the principles of international humanitarian law in order to protect the civilian population and individual civilians, as well as persons deprived of their liberty for reasons related to the armed conflict and also guarantees the right against economic and food blockades and indiscriminate bombings, shelling, strafing, gunfire and the use of landmines.

It is the first of four agreements in the substantive agenda of the formal talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) which was signed on March 16, 1998 in the Hague, The Netherlands and was approved on April 10, 1998 by the NDFP National Council chairman Maria Orosa and on Aug. 7 that year by then President Joseph Estrada. (PNA) DCT/scs/PFN

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