CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan, Capiz – Three soldiers were killed when suspected members of the CPP-NPA terrorists detonated a landmine against the elements of the 94th Infantry Battalion of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, who were conducting security patrol in Sitio Tugas, Brgy. Carabalan, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental around 10:00 am today, April 19, 2020.
The soldiers were responding to the repeated plea of the local residents of Sitio Tugas on the presence of CPP-NPA terrorists who were conducting extortion and recruitment activities in their community, when the incident took place.
A 30-minute firefight ensued following the landmine detonation that resulted to the killing of three soldiers and the wounding of four others. Meanwhile, authorities are still confirming the casualties among the terrorist group, as military operations continue against the perpetrators.
With the incident, the Commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, Philippine Army Major General Eric Vinoya, condemned the cowardice and the dastardly act of the CPP-NPA terrorists by violating, yet again, the International Humanitarian Law, while vowing to press the fight hard against the said terrorist group.
He also expressed his deepest thoughts to the families, relatives, and friends of those who made the supreme sacrifice.
“The incident today vividly reminds us of the treachery and the true evil that reside in each and every heart of the CPP-NPA terrorists, as they once again proven their outright disregard to established laws on armed conflict. Their continued use of landmine against our troops is prohibited under the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and this violation bespeaks of the cowardice and banditry of this terrorist group. These terroristic acts motivate us further to press on and finish the fight. We will hunt you down!” said Major General Vinoya.
“To the families, relatives, and friends of our fallen soldiers, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies. They died protecting the people of Negros, they died as heroes.” he added.
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