Civilian wounded in NPA IED attack PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 July 2015 11:31

Another innocent civilian identified as Ravelyn Ababa Cobrado, 21, a resident of Purok 2, Cadunan, Mabini, Compostela Valley Province, was seriously wounded by a shrapnel when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by NPA rebels exploded along the vicinity of Mabini Police Station at 8:20 p.m., on Saturday,

Ravelyn was rushed to the Davao Regional Hospital for treatment by responding civilians and security forces in the area.

Civilians in the vicinity of the crime scene condemned the use of IEDs by the NPA. Moreover, they reported that a motorcycle sped away from the site of the incident. PNP elements were conducting investigation while joint elements from 71st Infantry Battalion and Mabini PNP are on pursuit operations.

It can be recalled that on April 20, 2015, two innocent civilians were wounded as a result of an IED explosion that was perpetrated by the same rebels along the national highway in Sitio Bagong Silang, San Vicente, Makilala, North Cotabato. Moreover, on April 1 of the same year, a civilian was killed while seven others were seriously wounded after an IED exploded along the road of Brgy Mahayag, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur.

Since January 1 up to July 13 of this year, there are already 57 unexploded IEDs of the CPP/NPA/NDF that were recovered by the units under EASTMINCOM on security patrol. Most of these IEDs were planted by communist rebels along roads within populated areas.

The continuous manufacture and use of these IEDs are gross violations of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

Meanwhile, Eastern Mindanao Command Commander Lt. Gen. Aurelio B. Baladad condemns the use of IEDs  as it harms or kills innocent civilians and destroy civilian properties.

“The CPP/NPA/NDF is really not sincere about peace in the region. There are so many innocent lives that were lost, people injured and properties damaged due to their indiscriminate use of IEDs. This security concern is not only of the security forces but of everbody’s,” Lt. Gen. Baladad said.