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Monday, January 16, 2023

Gov't troops condemn NPA's violation of IHL

CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte -- The 29th Infantry “Matatag” Battalion (29IB) condemned the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) for its violation of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) by detonating a landmine during an encounter at Sitio Pinamugaan, Brgy. Bangonay, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte on January 10, 2023.

The detonation resulted in the wounding of 29IB personnel, who incurred minor injuries from the shrapnels.

The clash transpired after troops responded to an information from concerned civilians regarding the extortion and foraging activities of 10 New Peoples Army (NPAs), reportedly members of the Sentro De Grabidad 16, Guerilla Front 16, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (SDG16, GF16, NEMRC), targeting the small-scale miners in the hinter areas of Barangay Bangonay, Santiago in Agusan del Norte. The government forces also recovered various ammunition and subversive documents left behind by the fleeing communist terrorist after the 5-minute firefight.

The wounded soldier is now in stable condition after he was given first aid and immediately evacuated to the nearest hospital.

Pursuit operations are also ongoing against the fleeing perpetrators.

In his statement, 29IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Cresencio C. Gargar denounced the atrocity committed by the CTG that violated the IHL and Republic Act 9851 or the “Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide, and Other Crimes Against Humanity.”

He also assured that their focused military operations will not stop despite the communist terrorists' illegal attacks.

“It is our mandate to protect the people and secure our nation against the threat posed by these communist terrorists. We will optimize our military operations in that area to neutralize the remaining NPAs who bring fear and terror in the communities,’ Lt. Col. Gargar emphasized. (1Lt. Jade Bryce G. Buñe, CMO Officer 29th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army/PIA Agusan del Norte)