Wednesday, May 25, 2016

AFP denounces NPA for using minors in armed struggle

From the Manila Bulletin (May 25): AFP denounces NPA for using minors in armed struggle

The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ 10th Infantry Division, yesterday denounced the New People’s Army (NPA) for exploiting minors in their armed struggle against the government.

In a press conference at the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) here, Captain Rhyan Batchar said they were “saddened” to learn that three of those who were killed in series of clashes between the government troops and communist rebels in San Isidro, Davao del Norte and Laak, Compostela Valley last May 18 were all teenagers.”

He said the NPAs has no regard for the rights of children and the Indigenous Peoples because those were killed in the encounter ages from 14 to 18 and were children of lumads in the hinterlands.

“This clearly shows that the NPAs violated humanitarian law that prohibits using minors and Indigenous People in war,” Batchar said.

Batchar identified those slain as Mar June Gunay, 14 and his cousin Rodel Gunnay, 18 and Romel Perez 17.

He said their names and ages of victims were revealed after their relatives claimed the dead bodies last May 20.

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