Show proof of abuse, Army chal­lenges vic­tims

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10th In­fantry Di­vi­sion (ID) chal­lenged the al­leged vic­tims of abuses per­pe­trated by their soldiers and mili­ti­a­men to pro­vide ev­i­dence to back their claims through le­gal process.

"We urge the al­leged vic­tims to sub­stan­ti­ate their ac­cu­sa­tions on the al­leged in­volve­ment of any of our per­son­nel, whether CAA (Cafgu Ac­tive Aux­il­iary) or ac­tive mil­i­tary mem­bers, to al­low them to an­swer in the courts of jus­tice," 10th ID spokesper­son Rhyan Batchar said in a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day.

This de­vel­oped in the wake of the killing of Obillo Bay-ao at Barangay Palma Gil, Talain­god, Davao del Norte last Septem­ber 5 in which mil­i­tant groups ac­cused the Civil­ian Armed Forces Geo­graph­i­cal Unit (Cafgu) as be­hind it but au­thor­i­ties main­tained that the sus­pects are not mem­bers of the CAA or any para­mil­i­tary group sanc­tioned by the mil­i­tary.

In­ves­ti­ga­tion on the in­ci­dent is on­go­ing and au­thor­i­ties are still wait­ing for its re­sult to de­ter­mine the iden­tity of the sus­pect.

"The 60th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion who takes op­er­a­tional con­trol of CAAs de­ployed within its area is fully co­op­er­at­ing with the Talain­god PNP and Davao

del Norte Po­lice Pro­vin­cial Of­fice (DNPPO) who are con­duct­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions on the said case," he said.

He fur­ther said the AFP unit does not tol­er­ate abuses of hu­man rights com­mit­ted by their per­son­nel and vowed to make those erring per­son­nel ac­count­able if proven guilty.

"The 10th In­fantry Di­vi­sion does not con­done any vi­o­la­tion of Hu­man Rights by any of our soldiers. Like­wise, if any case our soldiers are found to have com­mit­ted vi­o­la­tions thereto, we as­sure the vic­tims and the peo­ple we serve that we shall take se­ri­ous ac­tions against vi­o­la­tors of hu­man rights, ad­min­is­tra­tively or crim­i­nally," he said.

Batchar noted that on the same day, there were five civil­ians on­board two mo­tor­cy­cles from Cen­tral Bau­gan, Barangay Palma Gil, Talain­god, Davao del Norte who were am­bushed by 10 New Peo­ple's Army (NPA) mem­bers un­der Guerilla Front 55 at the vicin­ity of Si­tio Mam­ban­du­lan, Barangay Palma Gil, Talain­god, Davao del Norte at 7:50 a.m., Septem­ber 5.

Also, a vic­tim iden­ti­fied as Tikoy Manam­pao suf­fered gun­shot wounds but was im­me­di­ately brought to the near­est hos­pi­tal for med­i­ca­tion and shortly af­ter the said am­bush, at around 2 p.m. of the same day, an­other shoot­ing in­ci­dent tran­spired where the vic­tim was iden­ti­fied as Bay-ao, 18.

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