From the Philippine News Agency (Mar 5): Army appeals to Rebels to spare civilians
For the nth time, the Philippine Army has appealed to the New People'sArmy (NPA)
in Western Visayas to spare civilians from harm in the protracted armed conflict
between government troops and NPA rebels owing to increasing occurrences of
civilians being shot at or maimed by hidden explosives believed to be the
handiwork of the rebels.
Major Rey Tiongson, Spokesman for the 3rd Infantry Division, Philippine Army
at Jamindan, Capiz, said that from 2009 to 2012, 11 IEDs (Improvised Explosive
Devices) were retrieved by the Army in discrete places of the region's outback.
For obvious reasons, Tiongson said, the explosives were intended to hurt
pursuing soldiers and even persons not belonging to the military establishment.
Last year, rebels shot a military convoy in Tubungan, Iloilo, wounding
several civilians given free rides by soldiers as handsome gesture to win the
hearts of the countryside folks.
Tiongson said further, that the rebels' strategy of sowing terror and
violence is a significant sign
of the NPA's weakening, and resorting to
intimidation by targetting civilians is a desperate way to prop up its sagging
The Philippine Army vows to support the government's peace efforts all over
the country, Tiongson said.