NPA Rebels Violate Ceasefire Agreement

A series of explosions of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and attack on a government detachment in Davao Region marred the eve of the ceasefire between the communist rebels and the military prior to the start of the formal peace talks in Oslo, Norway.

Captain Maria Rosa Christina Manuel, public affairs officer of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, said the incidents also coincided with the formal transfer of the 10th Infantry Division headquarters from Camp Panacan, Davao City to Camp Manuel Yan in Mawab, Compostela Valley.

Manuel said the rebels opened fire from a far distance on a patrol base at Sitio Culan, Barangay Sibulan, Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur 2:05 p.m. Monday. However, no one was wounded on the government side and the rebels withdrew towards Barangay Sibulan, Toril District.

Manuel also reported an IED explosion that rocked a military vehicle in the vicinity of Barangay Calape, Montevista, Compostela Valley 2 p.m. on the same day. The incident wounded two soldiers only identified as Lt. Jimenez and PFC Unos of the 25th Infantry Battalion.

“The soldiers were on their way to Poblacion, Montevista to coordinate with the local government the forthcoming Musikahan Festival when the IED explosion occurred,” Manuel said.

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