Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Boy killed by rebels peppered with bullets

From the Mindanao Times (Jun 27): Boy killed by rebels peppered with bullets

THE 10-YEAR-OLD Lumad boy allegedly killed by the New People’s Army (NPA) reportedly sustained 10 gunshot wounds, the army said.
The NPA attack in Caraga, Davao Oriental also wounded five others who stayed at the house at that time.

Capt. Ronnel Legarde, the civil-military operations (CMO) officer of 67th Infantry Battalion, citing medical autopsy, said the boy, identified as Justin Padao, was hit in his head, arms, thigh and feet.

Legarde said the boy and his companions were sleeping when the rebels attack the house in the Mandaya community of Barangay Pacifico Moralison Sobrecarey, Caraga, Davao Oriental around 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
Padao, a member of Mandaya tribe, was a student of PM Sobrecarey Elementary School in Caraga.

Also injured during the attack were Pedrito Acaso, Renato Acaso, Charito Silongan, Julito Basta and Emmanuel Matilac.

They were slightly hit on the different parts of their body but they were able to escape during the attack.

Legarde said the wounded Lumads were already treated in the nearby medical house in the area.

Upon conducting further investigation, soldiers also recovered 15 serviceable and one empty shell of 7.62mm; unexploded ammunitions of M203 and one serviceable shell of 5.56 mm ball.

Around 12 fully armed men led by Ka Xander, the political instructor Pulang Bagani Command (PBC) 8 of the NPA’s Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC) opened fire and burned down the house of Matilac.
The rebels also burned down two motorcycles.
The NPAs were reportedly after the boy’s father, Leo Padao, and his companions whom they suspected to be military informants.

Legarde said they condemned the act of the communist rebels in attacking and damaging properties of the civilians.

He said the act is a “clear violation” of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) and they criminal case will be filed against them for the attack.

Another encounter

Combined elements of the 72nd Infantry Battalion (IB) and the 60th IB encountered communist rebels in Katipunan, Barangay Andap, Laak, Compostela Valley on Saturday around 7:30 a.m.

Capt. Rhyan Batchar, spokesperson of 10th Infantry Division, said the soldiers encountered 30 rebels, believed to be members of Guerilla Front 34 of SMRC.
The firefight lasted for few minutes. No casualty was reported on the government side.

Upon scouring the encounter site, Batchar said troopers discovered several blood stains along the enemy route of withdrawal.

They were able to recover three backpacks, one improvised explosive device and one hand-held radio.

The troopers are still conducting pursuit against the fleeing rebels.

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