A joint operation conducted by police and the military resulted to the seizure of 1,076 pieces of dynamites being used as landmines by the New Peoples Army (NPA) at Sitio Malinao, Barangay Kalasungay, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon last Friday, October 8. The government forces were acting on an information shared by a former NPA squad leader who surrendered last week.
The landmines were found buried at the site and accordingly will be used against soldiers in Bukidnon. 1st Lt. Abigail Lorenzo, chief of the Civil Military Operations of the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Battalion said this was a clear violation of the Ottawa Convention which prohibits the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines. The military and police are now coordinating for the filing of appropriate charges. They are also investigating as to the NPA’s source of the dynamites.
photos by 8IB, PA
The rebel returnee who gave the information, Ronald Landasan, surrendered to authorities last week together with his wife and two daughters. Read our post below.