NAGTIPUNAN, Quirino: At least six soldiers were wounded after a land mine allegedly planted by the communist New Peoples Army (NPA) exploded in Barangay (village) Sangbay here on Tuesday morning.
1Lt. James Carl Teaño, Army’s Civilian-Military Operations officer of the 86th Infantry “Highlander” Battalion (86th IB), 5th Infantry Division (5th ID), said the soldiers based in Barangay (village) Dipantin here were on their way to conduct a community support program in partnership with barangay and civic leaders.
The victims were identified as Technical Sergeant Rhae Bolhayon, Sergeant Jose Soriano, Corporal Edmar Angca, and all Private First Class Jerry Manalo, Dakilas Duclan and Jarid Talay.
Teaño said the soldiers belonging to the Bravo Company of the 86th IB on a military truck were approaching Sangbay village when the landmine exploded, wounding six of them.
He said the land mine which exploded was a pressurized release-type which immediately explodes when stepped upon or even touched.
Lt. Col. Jose Vladimir Cagara, commanding officer of the 86th IB, said they were conducting further investigation on the incident with the Philippine National Police in Quirino province.
“It is saddening that while our soldiers are delivering their community and security services to the villagers, they fall victims of rebel atrocities,” Cagara said.
It may be recalled that the use of land mines was prohibited under the 1949 Protocols of the Geneva Convention due to its harmful effects particularly on civilians.
On April29, some 150 members of the communist NPA raided Maddela town’s police station killing a policeman and carted away 10 fireams.