NPA rebel slain in clash

A SUSPECTED communist rebel was killed in a firefight which took place in a forested area near Sitio Gape, Barangay Bukang Liwayway, Kibawe, Bukidnon around 7:30 a.m. of July 30.

Capt. Norman Tagros, the civil-military operations Officer of 403rd Infantry Brigade, said the 20-minute firefight resulted to the recovery of four rifle grenades, one landmine, detonating cord, assorted ammunition, back packs and personal belongings.

He said the 1st Special Forces Battalion, a unit operationally controlled by the 403rd Infantry Brigade, has been conducting military offensives in the area, after receiving reports from residents about armed men in the area.

On the morning of July 22, a soldier was killed while 11 others were wounded due to a landmine blast allegedly planted by the NPA. The soldiers were reportedly conducting community assistance services in the neighboring town of Kitaotao, Bukidnon.

The 403rd IB has continuously condemned the NPA atrocities in Bukidnon.

Col. Eric Vinoya, the brigade commander, said the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Law or CARHRIHL, to which the Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front are signatories, bans the use of landmines.

“However, the repeated use of landmines by the NPA indicates their lack of sincerity and trustworthiness,” he said.

Vinoya said the NPAs has degenerated into a bandit and a criminal organization hiding behind the cloak of ideology.

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