Palace condemns NPA attack in ComVal

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Malacañang on Tuesday condemned the attack allegedly perpetrated by the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in Pantukan town, Compostela Valley that injured seven Army soldiers.
Reports said that the soldiers were conducting a peace and development activity when they hit a landmine planted by the NPA in the area.
Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte, however, clarified that said explosion was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED).
“Alam niyo pag IED na ang pinag-usapan, that really violates every rule in anybody’s book. Talagang nobody will come to your side and say that what you did was justified [If we’re talking about IED, that really violates every rule in anybody’s book. Nobody will really come to your side and say that what you did was justified],” Valte said, referring to the gross violation committed by the NPA to the provisions of the Comprehensive Agreement for the Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.
According to Valte, these are incidents that “make it difficult on the peace process” between the government and communist rebels.
“The OPAPP came out with a statement recently, that we should go back to the table and start talking again, these are incidents that make it difficult,” she said
“But we will plow on and we are waiting for the update on the condition of the seven who are wounded. Hopefully, nothing much worse will happen,” she added. CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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