Child killed in Surigao Norte NPA attack
By Venus L. Garcia
BUTUAN CITY, June 25 (PIA) – A seven-year old girl died after New Peoples Army (NPA) bandit group attacked a community in Barangay Payapag, Bacuag, Surigao del Norte in the evening of June 23, 2016.
The child identified as Cristel Mae Aguilar was sleeping on her bed when hit by a bullet from the said bandit group. The Peace and Development Team (PDT) of the 30th Infantry Battalion (30IB) who was there for the conduct of peace and development activities managed to defend the community from the attack and prompted the communist bandit group to withdraw towards a mountainous area of the incident.
Immediately after the bandit group fled away, the PDT has searched and secured the locality and discovered several empty cartridge shells of AK-47 and M16 A1 assault rifles from the bandit group’s possession.
They also saw the parents of the victim crying for help to deliver their child to the hospital. The PDT urgently extended necessary assistance to transport the victim to the nearest hospital and subsequently reported the matter to the law enforcement.
Under Republic Act (R.A) 9851 or the act defining and penalizing crimes against international humanitarian law, genocide and other crimes against humanity; an attack directed against any civilian population is a crime against humanity and is punishable by law.
Lieutenant Colonel Rico Amaro, commander of the 30IB, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army stationed in Barangay Bad-as, Placer town of the same province was saddened and vehemently condemned the attack on innocent civilian. “I appeal to this lawless communist bandit group to put an end to their terroristic activities and stop subjecting innocent civilians as targets,” said Amaro. (4ID,PA/PIA-Caraga)
Caraga ICT Council to open tech-exhibit
By Venus L. Garcia
BUTUAN CITY, June 25 (PIA) – In celebration of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) month, the Caraga ICT Council, in partnership of the Department of Science and Technology – ICT (DOST-ICT) Office, is inviting the public and partner stakeholders for its culmination program and exhibit on June 30, 2016 at the Atrium of Robinsons Place, this city.
As disclosed by Engr. Alan Silor, president of Caraga ICT Council, the exhibit will showcase digital solutions, technology advancement, software and mobile applications development.
“As the theme goes, ‘ICT, Susi sa Kinabukasan”, we look forward to develop local talents and generate human resources to provide the growing industry in the field of information and communication technology. Also, we will help reveal and promote the ICT innovations for social and economic and progress,” said Engr. Silor.
He is encouraging more the IT wizards to joint the event and to explore together the growth potential of the ICT industry in Caraga region. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)