113 persons killed, 262 hurt by NPA landmines—AFP

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At least 113 persons were killed while 262 others were hurt by landmines and improvised explosives devices (IEDs) set off by the New People’s Army (NPA) over the past decade, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Sunday.

Citing its recent study on landmine blasts, the military said the communist insurgents detonated landmines and other homemade bombs in carrying out 107 armed attacks in the last 10 years.

“(The use of) landmines and IEDs, which are usually followed by ambuscades, are prohibited tactics long practiced by the NPA since the beginning of their armed violence,” the AFP said in a statement.

It said the use of landmines by the communist rebels was proof of the NPA’s “declining capability to engage government troops.”

“The increasing trend on the use of IEDs by the NPA shows that the insurgents are shifting strategies due to their dwindling number and lack of firearms and ammunition,” the military claimed.

“Thus, the insurgents will try to offset the more superior and more advanced (military and police) firepower capabilities by using IEDs.”

The AFP said the NPA rebels would continue to utilize landmines in their bid to “sow fear among innocent civilians from peaceful communities and force business owners and private individuals to give in to their extortion demands.”

Brig. Gen. Domingo Tutaan, head of the AFP Human Rights Office, said the military was collating evidence regarding the landmine blasts in preparation for the filing of cases against leaders of the NPA and the Communist Party of the Philippines.

He said Republic Act 9851, or the “Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity,” was a “breakthrough law for the enforcement of international humanitarian law… in the Philippines.”

“We now have a law that will make them accountable for crimes against humanity,” Tutaan said, adding that the use of landmines has long been prohibited under the Geneval Convention.

“We call on all sectors (of our society) for a collective effort to stop the NPAs from using IEDs and end the useless armed violence. The NPA’s use of IEDs has been their continuing violation of international humanitarian law and human rights,” he said.

But the issue of war crimes has also hit the Tutaan family. Tutaan’s younger brother, Col. Federico Tutaan, was tagged in the killing of botanist Leonard Co in Kananga, Leyte, in November 2010.

Contrary to the claim of the military, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said Co and two of his companions did not die in a crossfire between NPA rebels and soldiers in the area.

The CHR had since recommended the filing of criminal charges against Colonel Tutaan and seven of his subordinates involved in Co’s death.

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  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    ang kawalang hiya ng NPA by using IED ay hindi pinapansin ng CHR. kahit sinong chairman ng CHR ang ilagay nyo.

  • doloresmagtangol

    npa don’t know human rights but when they are hit in any encounter they shout for human rights… kapayyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • beer_leader

    ano na chr or criminals human rights?dedma lang ba as usual?

  • Jane Tan

    “offset the more superior and more advanced (military and police) firepower capabilities by using IEDs”

    Considering that security guards can get their guns snatched from them (i.e. story on death of Jollibee delivery man), the NPA can still be abit more optimistic.

  • arao_liwanag

    Ang mga tunay na criminal kasama ang kanilang mga tuta dito na nag co comentaryo na walang basehan ay ibinibintang sa iba ang kanilang mga karumaldumal na gawa, ang manghuli, mangkidnap, at pumatay ng mga taong walang laban batay lang sa kanilang suspetsa – ang MILITAR na kinakatawan ni Tuta an.

    • jorgii0550

      hoy kayung mga kumunista kung ayaw nyo sa demokrasya umalis na kayo dito sa Pinas, lipat kayo ng China.

      • zandro santos

        lipat sila sa North Korea. Hindi na po komunista ang China.

    • scalaberch bandiola

      affected much teeeh? kung naniniwala ka na ang NPA ay malinis, kawawa ka naman… hahaha

      • arao_liwanag

        kayo mga supporter ng kriminal at magnanakaw.

      • scalaberch bandiola

        hahahahaha… kawawa ka naman bata ka… okay lets play your game…

        kung supporter kami ng “kriminal at magnanakaw”, ikaw supporter ka ng mga “kriminal, magnanakaw, kidnapper,extorsyonista, manggagamit ng mga bata sa gyera, at etc” hahahaha

      • magiting78

        Wawa ka naman ka Arao..wala n ba kau na huhut.hut na revolutionary tax….lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/myster.bhoguz Myster Bhoguz

        MGA RADICAL NA RALLYISTA TUTA NG KOMUNISTANG CHINA!!

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        3) Marami na kayong pinatay, mga musmos na pilit na isinama sa inyong samahan, mga walang pinag-aralang magsasaka na inyong inimpluwensiyahan at naburang mga isip, mga kabataan na sana ay nagsusumikap mag-aral ngunit ngayon ay nasa bundok at nagsasanay kung paano pumatay! Hindi lang makadulog ang mga magsasaka na ninanakawan nyo nang hayop na gamit sana nila sa bukid, mga sapilitang paghingi ng ambag na produktong pananim buwan-buwan! Mga manununog at mga nananabotahe ng industriya na sana’y nakapagbigay ng trabaho sa mga mamamayan. Imbes na tuloy-tuloy ang kaunlaran KAYO ANG BALAKID SA PAG-UNLAD NG ISANG BAYAN AT LALAWIGAN!

        4) KAYO ANG YUMUYURAK AT KUMIKITIL NG KATARUNGAN! Marami nang mga pamilya ang naulila dahil sa inyo – maging pamilya man ng militar, mga pinagbintangan nyong mamamayan o kabaro nyo! Marami na kayong binaon sa lupa na mga inosenteng tao! PILIPINO PUMAPAPATAY SA KAPWA PILIPINO!

        5) Kung gusto nyo talagang tumulong sa pagbabago ng ating bansa, sana grupo nyo mismo ang bumuo ng mga kapaki-pakinabang na kooperatiba o paraan para matulungan ang mga mahihirap, mga magsasaka, MAGTRABAHO KAYO! KAYO DAPAT ANG TUMULONG WAG KAYO ANG TUTULUNGAN!! MGA TAMAD NA BANDIDO AT PABIGAT NA MANDIRIGMA!!! KAHIT WALANG TULONG ANG GOBYERNO MABABAGO NYO AT MAPAPAUNLAD ANG BANSA NATIN! SA MALIIT AT SARILI NYONG PARAAN!! DI NA KAILANGAN PABAGSAKIN ANG GOBYERNO! O kaya Kung gusto nyo linisin ang gobyerno likidahin nyo lahat nang kurakot na opisyales, pulis at holdaper at dyan malalaman nang taong bayan kung totoo ang mga adhikain nyo! Yan ang talagang pagbabago at paglilinis!!

        Kung sa ibang mabuting paraan nyo na lang sana sinayang at inilaan ang buhay nyo mas magniningning pa sana ang totoong bituin ng inyong puso….

        Sayang lang ang buhay nyo!

        Magising sana ang iba nyo pang mga kasama!

    • $5699914

      Sa NPA nababagay ang akusasyon mo.

      • arao_liwanag

        arao_liwanag scalaberch bandiola • a few seconds ago

        kayo mga supporter ng kriminal at magnanakaw.0

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      • $5699914

        Ang kilala at alam kong mga magnanakaw, nagha-harass at nangingidnap ay ang mga kabatak mong NPA.

  • scalaberch bandiola

    oooh CHR? where art thou? *chirp chirp*

  • zandro santos

    Pinagsasamantalahan ng mga komunista ang kahirapan ng ating mga kababayan at pilit nilang binibrainwash para maging NPA. Mabuti nalang na wala nang halos naniniwala sa kanila ngayon.

  • zandro santos

    Hindi bagay sayo ang username na arao_liwanag. Mas madilim pa sa ilalim ng kweba ang ang kokote mo. Iisa nga lang ang buhay mo, inialay mo pa sa walang kabuluhan at walang patutunguhang DIGMANG NAKAW! Akala ko ba komunismo ang ipinaglalaban nyo? bakit yung Diyos nyong si Joma Bakla Sison ay nagpapasarap sa Netherlands na isang capitalistang bansa? Sayang, wala ka utak hindi mo naisip yun!

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