NPA rebels assault civilian volunteers group

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A group of civilian volunteers was ambushed by elements of the communist New People’s Army (NPA), leaving one dead and another wounded.

Capt. Raul Villegas, spokesman of 10th Infantry Division, identified on Tuesday the lone casualty as Onded Ambusas of So Mangani, Barangay Tapak, Paquibato District, Davao City.

Wounded was Julian Mandaca-wan, who was hit on the head by shrapnel.

Villegas said Ambusasa and Mandacawan were members of the Civilian Volunteers Organization (CVO) based in Sitio Butay, Barangay Tapak, Paquibato District, Davao City.


He said the group were on their way back to their village when the rebels detonated a landmine along their way

Landmines or improvised explosive devices (IED) are frequently used against soldiers by the NPA and the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

Last year, 22 members of the elite Scout Ranger Company (SRC) of the Philippine Army were wounded, five of them in critical condition, after they tripped on an IED planted by the ASG around its main jungle camp in a mountain of Basilan province.

Also last year, two children, age six and five years old, became victims of IED in Barangay Tacayan, Tapaz Capiz, a known bailiwick of the leftist rebels

On February 20, 2012, the insurgents used IED to bomb the La Casa Transloading Station of Sugarcane Central in Barangay Mianay, Sigma, Capiz for failure to give in to their demand for money.

In August 2011, the NPA members also laid IED when they ambushed the army personnel belonging to the 61st Infantry Battalion in Barangay Switch, Tapaz, Capiz.

They also set up two IEDs near the Igcabugao Elementary School in Igbaras, Iloilo sometime March of 2010 but were recovered by army personnel conducting peace and development works.

Military records also showed that IEDs were always recovered in almost all NPA encampments overran by government forces.

Earlier, the AFP, through the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) peace negotiating panel, filed a complaint against the NPA’s continued use of IEDs and landmines in its operations in violation of the agreement signed by the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

The use of land mines and IED are prohibited under the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

The CARHRIHL is the first of four agreements in the substantive agenda of the peace negotiations between the GRP and the NDF.

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