NPA uses improvised landmine, soldiers unscathed

The 60th Infantry Battalion’s soldiers and vehicle are unscathed after two successive explosions of improvised landmine at Barangay Igangon,San Isidro Municipality, Davao del Norte on 4:10 p.m., October 14.

Inspection of the vicinity revealed that improvised landmine was of the series-type i.e. explosion of second improvised landmine is triggered after the first improvised landmine explodes designed to inflict maximum damage.

Last October 12, an improvised landmine with a trip wire as a triggering device slightly wounded two soldiers. Trip wire is not command detonated. As a result of the explosions of two improvised landmine, two craters of an estimated 3-4 feet in diameter and depth were created at a national highway which caused a queue of vehicles in traffic.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is currently conducting an investigation in coordination the locality and the military.

The NPA lip service about upholding human rights is contrary to their continuous use of improvised landmines, a violation to the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CAHRIHL), to which they are a signatory. Despite of their insincerity, the 60th Infantry Battalion remains steadfast to our commitment to support the local governments vision in attaining peace to pave way for development of the communities through delivery of services,said Lt. Col. Greg T. Almerol, 60IB Battalion Commander.

This year, the 60th Infantry Battalion in partnership with the PNP joined the implementation of Peace and Development Convergence Efforts spearheaded by the Davao del Norte Provincial Government on the delivery of social and health services that benefitted thousands of beneficiaries on the following: Aug. 9 in Brgy. Gupitan of Kapalong, Aug. 26 in Brgy. New Cortez of New Corella, Sept. 9 in Brgy. Binancian of Asuncion, Sept. 23 in Brgy. Sto. Nino of Talaingod, and Oct. 7 in Brgy. Datu Balong of San Isidro, all of Davao del Norte.

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