Army troops recovered explosive devices in Samar

CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – The Charlie Company, 34th Infantry Battalion, 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army under 1LT Harold Bryan D Llandado recovered war materiel comprising of one (1) Improvised Explosive Device (IED) together with one (1) switch/detonator, one (1) ICOM Radio, one (1) Cellphone, one (1) magazine for cal. 45 pistol and 25 meters electrical wire during an encounter against more or less 30 NPAs at vicinity Brgy. Henogawe, Gamay, Northern Samar on November 25, 2012 at around 05: 15 o’clock in the morning.

The firefight between the Army troops and NPAs lasted for 15 minutes that resulted to the wounding of Pfc Nelson B Rosete and Pvt Oliver C. Duenas who both suffered minor injuries and undetermined number of casualty on the enemy side.

The military troops are part of the Bayanihan teams conducting Bayanihan activities in the Municipality of Gamay, Northern Samar.

“The Bayanihan teams in Samar Island will remain committed to their pursuit in achieving peaceful and developed communities through sustained engagements with the stakeholders in addressing and resolving the prevailing issues in the locality” MGen Gerardo T Layug AFP, Commander, 8ID, PA said.

In related development, the Alpha Company of 34IB likewise recovered five (5) IEDs, one (1) hand grenade, one rifle grenade and one (1) long magazine of AK-47 during an encounter against undetermined number of NPAs at  vicinity Brgy Jangtud, Palapag, Northern Samar last November 13, 2012.

“The recovery of IEDs is a clear manifestation of the NPAs’ blatant disregard of the provisions of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law which prohibits, among others, the use of any Explosive device because such attack can cause incidental loss of life or injury not only to military troops but civilian populace as well” Layug added.

“Again, I call on everyone to condemn this unnecessary and senseless act of violence perpetrated by the NPA against your soldiers conducting Peace and Development activities in the community and our people”, Layug further added.

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