An Army soldier was wounded in another New People’s Army (NPA) landmine attack Friday afternoon, this time in Paquibato District, Davao City, the military reported.
Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief, said the incident took place at around 12:30 p.m.
Zagala added that the wounded soldier, whose name was withheld temporarily, is from the Philippine Army’s 69th Infantry Battalion.
The soldier was aboard a KM-450 truck which was hit by shrapnel from the NPA landmine.
A five-minute firefight followed the explosion after which the rebels quickly fled, Zagala added.
“The AFP reiterates its condemnation of the NPA’s rampant use of improvised explosive devices as landmines to ambush government troops as this is prohibited by International Humanitarian Law. Landmines have a high potency of hurting innocent civilians like when the NPAs attacked a convoy of ambulance units last March 2, wounding six civilians,” Zagala stressed.
Meanwhile, one NPA leader was arrested at 11:45 a.m. Friday for robbery and murder by joint military and police elements in Davao City.
He was identified as Roberto Castillote, also known as “Markis” and “Marvin,” commanding officer of SDG Front 54 under the Southern Mindanao Regi-onal Committee.
Castillote is currently detained in the Davao City Police Office.