CAGAYAN de Oro City--The 4th Infantry Division (4ID) of the Philippine Army condemned the New People's Army (NPA) for the death of a minor combatant in a fresh encounter sitio Shiohan, Barangay Malinao, Gingoog City.
Last November 30, the troops of 23rd Infantry “Masigasig” Battalion, 402nd Infantry “Stingers” Brigade under the 4ID encountered a group of Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) in the hinterlands of sitio Salvacion, Barangay Manila de Bugabos, Butuan City that resulted in the death of a 16-year-old Litboy Talja Binongcasan.
In a press statement, the military said the encounter resulted to the recovery of one two AK-47 rifle, one M16A1 rifle, one M16A1 RMC rifle, five civilian backpacks, two bandoleers, six magazines of AK-47 rifle, five magazines of M653 rifle, subversive documents and other personal belongings.
“We vehemently condemn the continued CNT recruitment of minors as combatants for this is a clear violation of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL). We continue to urge the parents to take care of their children and don’t allow the CNTs to destroy their future," said MGen Franco Nemesio Gacal, commander of the 4ID, adding "the CNTs have been bringing our minors to their deaths for 5-decades now.”
“In this Christmas season, we want nothing but for our Filipino families to celebrate it peacefully and happily together," Gacal added. (4ID,PA)
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