CATARMAN N. Samar — The Armed Forces of the Philippines in the northern part of Samar on Monday recovered two landmines and explosives in a remote area in Northern Samar believed to have been vacated by the New People’s Army, a military spokesman said today.
Captain Gene Orense, chief of the 8ID Public Affairs Office said troops from the 20th Infantry Battalion recovered the explosives in Barangay Happy Valley, San Isidro, Northern Samar around 1p.m. on Monday, February 18, 2013, while conducting security patrol in the area
20Ib commander Lt. Col. Noel Vestuir said the recovery of landmines is a clear indication that the NPA is disregarding the value of human life thus violating the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.
“The use of landmines is also a blatant violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law and is already banned internationally since landmines cause unmitigated damages to life and property,” said Vestuir.
Captain Orense, on the other hand, said the leadership of the military in Eastern Visayas commended the recent “life-saving” accomplishment of 20th IB troops for foiling another terroristic attack through the recovery of these landmines.
Few days ago, the NPA insurgents killed a militiaman and wounded three others, including one civilian when it fired to soldiers conducting consultative dialogue with the local folks in Barangay Guindaulan, Rosario, Northern Samar.
Of this writing, a total of 9 NPA camps have been seized and secured by the military in Samar and Leyte areas since January 2013.