From the Philippine Information Agency (Jul 25): 8IB condemns NPA attack on army ambulance in Bukidnon
The 8th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division of Philippine Army hits NPA’s unabashed violation of Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) as the rebels detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) in vehicle’s path on July 24, 2016 around 3:55 p.m. in Sitio Liloan, Brgy Lumbayao, Valencia City.
The blast has blocked and delayed military personnel of 8th Infantry Battalion (8IB) while transporting two wounded soldiers in a military ambulance.
Lt Col Lennon G Babilonia, 8IB commanding officer, said the two wounded soldiers in an emergency transport were hit earlier by IED shrapnel after clash with NPAs at Sitio Salumayag, Brgy. Halapitan, San Fernando, Bukidnon.
“They were evacuated from Sitio Malantao, San Fernando Bukidnon in the afternoon, by a military ambulance for them to be transported to Camp Evangelista Station Hospital for proper treatment. However, while traversing Valencia City, soldiers were shocked by an explosion followed by fire shots from NPA rebels. Fortunately, no other casualties reported and patients were immediately extracted from the ambush site,” he said.
Angered by this criminal act, he condemned NPA bandits who attacked the military ambulance.
“NPAs clearly showed spinelessness as they attack our medical team while transporting wounded soldiers. This is a clear violation of our soldiers’ human rights as this attack denies our soldiers’ rights to be safely brought to the hospital for treatment.
We condemn these criminal acts as they blatantly violated the CARHRIHL when in fact; they have signed said agreement,” Babilonia said.