Girl hit in landmine

A 12-YEAR-OLD girl is in critical condition at the Davao Regional Hospital in Tagum after she was injured when a landmine exploded close to her house in Brgy. San Jose, Monkayo, Compostela Valley province on March 23, last week.

Lt. Vergel Lacambra, Division Public Affairs Officer, said that Marcelyn Domicilio was with her grandmother Rosalia when the landmine exploded.

Lacambra said that prior to the incident, there was an encounter between troops of the 25th Infantry Battalion and about 20 rebels under the New People’s Army Sentro De Grabidad (SDG) Front 3. One NPA member was reportedly killed and three high powered fire arms and landmine were recovered by the government forces, he said.

“Desperate to withdraw from the fire fight the rebels detonated a landmine in an effort to stall the soldiers,” said Lacambra.

Troops near the blast site immediately sought the assistance of barangay officials and transported the victims to Montevista District Hospital and later transferred to Davao Regional Hospital.

Rosalia was released a day after the treatment while Marcelyn is still closely monitored at Intensive Care Unit of Davao Regional Hospital due to the wounds on her stomach and other parts of her body. Her hands were also fractured,

“Why did rebels detonate the landmine near civilian houses, (when it is) supposedly a non military target? Lacambra said.

Maj. Gen Eduardo M. Año, Commander of 10th Infantry Division, condemned the iincident and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice .

”For now, all we could do is to hope and pray for her immediate recovery and that there would be no more civilians, no more child like her who would have to suffer.”


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