Army blasts NPA’s use of IED in Negros ambush

FOUR soldiers of the 94th Infantry Battalion, led by 2nd Lt. Neil Christian Cureg, were injured in an ambush by five suspected members of the New People’s Army in Barangay Luz, Guihulngan City at 10:40 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

According to 1st Lt. Maria Allain Veluz of the Civil-Military Operations of the 94th IB, 10 soldiers were on board a transport when they were hit by an improvised explosive device (IED). After the explosion, five NPA rebels fired at their vehicle.

The soldiers fought back, resulting in a brief 10-minute firefight before the rebels slipped away. However, the encounter resulted in the injuries of 2nd Lt. Cureg, Sergeant Alegroso and Corporals Navillo and Romero--no first names are given. All four are now in a hospital.

The military also believes there were also injuries among the rebels based on the blood seen on the encounter site.

Lt. Col Egeberto O. Dacosos, the commanding officer of the 621B, identified the rebels as members of the “Leonardo Panaligan Command.”

They also condemned the NPA’s use of an IED since this violates the rules of war.

“The continuous use of IEDS by the terrorist group clearly violates the Ottawa Treaty and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law,” Dacoscos said. (AYB / ML)