Army con­demns rebels’ land­mine use in Bukid­non clash

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The mil­i­tary has con­demned the New Peo­ples Army (NPA) for us­ing land­mines dur­ing a re­newed clash in Miaray, Iba, Ca­ban­glasan, Bukid­non last Thurs­day, Jan­uary 10.

Troops un­der the 8th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion (8IB) en­gaged the com­mu­nist rebels in a five-minute en­counter while con­duct­ing se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion in the area.

In a state­ment, the mil­i­tary said the Com­mu­nity Sup­port Team of the 8IB were act­ing on the re­port of con­cerned res­i­dents over the sight­ings of an armed group in the area.

The mil­i­tary claimed that while the troops were ad­vanc­ing the NPA unit, an anti-per­son­nel land­mine was det­o­nated by the NPA fight­ers and im­me­di­ately with­drew through their es­cape area.

None of the army troop­ers was wounded in a five-minute ex­change of gun­fire.

The mil­i­tary also cap­tured an­other anti-per­son­nel land­mine of the NPA.

First Lieu­tenant Ken­neth Cab­bi­gat, civil mil­i­tary of­fice of the 8IB, said around five com­mu­nist rebels were re­spon­si­ble for the at­tack.

“Gikuha pa nato ilang iden­tity. Na­pu­gos ra ni sila og tu­man sa ilang com­man­der. Kung naay nabuthan sa atong tropa ato, posi­ble ma­put­lan gyud og parte sa lawas,”Cab­bi­gat said.

“We con­demned this des­per­ate act by the ter­ror­ists which only shows their true na­ture. This bar­baric act, par­tic­u­larly the use of Anti-Per­son­nel Land­mine is a vi­o­la­tion of the Com­pre­hen­sive Agree­ment on Re­spect for Hu­man Rights and In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Law (CARHRIHL) as agreed be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the Na­tional Demo­cratic Front,”8IB com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Lieu­tenant Colonel Ronald Il­lana said.

Part 3, Ar­ti­cle 2, Sec­tion 15 of the agree­ment states “the right not to be sub­jected to in­dis­crim­i­nate bomb­ings, shelling, straf­ing, gun­fire, and the use of land­mines.”

“Hence, I am call­ing again upon those CPPNPA ter­ror­ist es­pe­cially the Sub Re­gional Com­mand 2 (SRC2), North Cen­tral Min­danao Re­gional Com­mand (NCMRC) to stop vi­o­lat­ing the In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Law and cease from us­ing Anti-Per­son­nel mines that may vic­tim­ize in­no­cent civil­ians,” Il­lana added. Al­wen Salir­ing

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