Army scores NPA landmining attacks in Compostela Valley

May 22, 2013 9:24 am 

MANILA, May 21 — The military has strongly condemned the landmine attacks conducted by the New People's Army (NPA) in Compostela Valley Province which left eight civilians injured Tuesday morning.

Col. Angelito M. De Leon, 1001st Infantry Brigade commander, condemned the barbaric acts of the rebels.

"These desperate acts of the New People's Army put innocent civilians in harm's way as they can no longer claim that they hit only military targets. This incident occurred in the national highway were many travelers pass," he said.

De Leon said this series of attacks is a clear violation of Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.

"It is indicated in Part III, Art II, 15 that use of landmines is prohibited," De Leon said.

Earlier, troopers from the 66th Infantry Battalion aboard a KM-250, and tasked to do procurement at Tagum City, encountered a landmine while traveling at the vicinity of Barangay Magdum, Tagum City around 6:00 a.m.

Five military personnel and one military dependent were wounded and immediately rushed to the Tagum Doctors' Hospital for treatment.

Pfc. Lovie Joy Semillano and Pfc. Joseph A. Mendio are presently confined for observation and treatment while Pfc. Erwin Cordero, Pfc. Bai Johana Durado, Pfc. Ryan Torena and Mrs. Gina Gubantes (dependent) were declared out-patients after their treatment.

One and a half hours later, another landmine exploded at Barangay Tagmanok, Mawab, Compostela Valley Province while reinforcing troops of the 1001st Brigade on board another KM-450 truck was passing in the area. (PNA)



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