CAMP HERNANDEZ, Dingle, Iloilo- The Philippine Army’s 301st Infantry (Bayanihan) Brigade identified the captured individual from the recent encounter at So. Anoy, Brgy Cabalaunan, Miagao, Iloilo as regular member of the communist terrorist group.
During the encounter yesterday, April 18, Army troops captured Eleven individuals, Five of them are minors. A certain ROMEO ESMEDIANA alias TOTO/MILLER/JOY is NPA and was also confirmed by a rebel returnee who used to be his former comrade.
Verification process of the identity of the 10 others is still on going. Col Marion R Sison, Commander, 301st Infantry (Bayanihan) Brigade said that after the encounter, these CTGs are preparing to blend in the community as one of their tactics to avoid further apprehension.
Col Marion R Sison, Commander, 301st Infantry (Bayanihan) Brigade said that after the encounter, these CTGs are preparing to blend in the community as one of their tactics to avoid further apprehension.
“The communist terrorist group is using minors as their combatants, this is not new to us since we all know that the communist terrorist group is focusing on recruiting minors not only here in Panay but nationwide and I am very much disappointed knowing that they are blatantly violating and destroying the future of these children. Using minors to wage the armed struggle is a serious offense of the NPAs, and it is very alarming.
It is a clear violation of Rule 136 of the International Humanitarian Law which prohibits the recruitment of minors by any armed groups involved in hostilities. I encourage parents to guide your children and help your Philippine Army stop the recruitment activities of the communist-terrorist group targeting minors”. Col Sison added.
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