2 soldiers who shot civilians by ‘mistake’ relieved: officer

THE SOLDIERS who shot dead two civilians in Sitio Taytayan, Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley last Oct. 12 were relieved from their posts.

“They were transferred to the division headquarters for further investigation on Nov. 7,” said Lt. Vergel Lacambra, Civil Military Operations officer of 66th IB.

The report said the soldiers, who were on security patrol, shot the victims after mistaking them as members of the New People’s Army.

The victims were identified as Lando S. Dangasan, 40, and son Felix, 17, of Purok 7, Taytayan, Andap, who were shot because they were mistaken as members of the New People’s Army. The soldiers, however, were not identified by the military.

On the other hand, Lt. Gen. Aurelio Baladad earlier ordered Maj. Gen. Eduardo Año the of 10th Infantry Division to speed up investigation into the victim’s deaths.

Baladad, in his order, said that he will not tolerate any soldier who violates human rights and that sanctions will be imposed if the allegations are proven to be true.

Lacambra also said the military will conduct a ceremony today at the municipal hall of the New Bataan to formally turn over the request of the tribal council.

“The ceremony will signify the reconciliation between the military and the family of the victims,” Lacambra said.

He added that the tribal council has earlier demanded 24 cows, 24 chickens, 12 carabaos, 12 pigs, 10 bolos, 10 spears, educational assistance and economic support.

However, the military contested, instead the military will give P500,000, livelihood, educational and technological assistance.

“The aim of our revision is for the sustainability,” Lacambra said.

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