Landmine blasts near school in Paquibato proper

CAMP PANACAN, Davao City– Landmine exploded near school killing one soldier in Brgy. Paquibato Proper, Paquibato District, Davao City 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

10th Infantry Division disclosed that the said landmine was planted by members of the Organized Crime Group – New People’s Army along the passage way of the civilians in the community and about less than a kilometer from the school that caused fear among the residents.

Name of killed soldier is withheld prior to information of his family.

Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza, Spokesperson of 10th ID, said that Peace and Development Team of 69th Infantry Battalion were on security patrol when the incident happened. Sporadic gun fires followed that lasted about two minutes.

“Though we were saddened by the incident but this will not wane our efforts in winning peace,” Paniza said. He added that the series of atrocities perpetrated by OCGs are clear indications that the Army’s Peace and Development Outreach Program is a threat to the diminishing force of the organized group.

The Spokesman said that OCGs are now on desperate moves due to social pressure brought by the increasing support received by the Army from communities and local government units.

He also calls for human rights watch who, he said, are lame seeking justice for the victims of atrocities. “The use of landmine has been recurring because perpetrators are not condemned by the so called human rights group and let lose after the atrocity.”

“It’s high time for them to act now and give justice to the victims of criminalities especially that the use of landmines is a clear violation of the localized agreement as stipulated under Part 3, Article 2, Number 15 of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Right and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) which is signed between the contending parties to the conflict represented by the Government Republic of the Philippines (GRP) including its executive departments and agencies and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) including the CPP and the NPA,” he added.

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