NPA denies using explosives with human feces, snake venom-A A +A
Friday, September 6, 2013
THE New People's Army (NPA) Southern Mindanao regional command vehemently denied contaminating its explosives with human feces and snake venom.
Rigoberto Sanchez, NPA Southern Mindanao regional command spokesperson, accused the military of "inventing" stories out of nowhere after it claimed that traces of human feces and snake venom were found in the wounds of the seven soldiers hit in the recent landmine explosion in Barangay Napnapan in Pantukan, Compostela Valley.
He described such claim as "malicious and wildly concocted military propaganda."
"The seven AFP troops who were hurt in a bomb blast in Pantukan (on September 3) were hit by command-detonated explosives and not the falsely reported pressure-type bombs that are banned by international laws like the Ottawa Treaty," Sanchez said in a statement e-mailed to Sun.Star Davao.
He admitted that the NPA is using "guerrilla warfare weapons, such as but not limited to, command-detonated explosives made up of traditional, non-biologically toxic ingredients” in the last four decades, but to engage in a highly criminal biological and chemical warfare is “pure invention."
"The bacteria and poison are not found in the NPA bombs, but in the AFP headquarters, camps, detachments and in the AFP echelons itself," Sanchez said.
Lieutenant Victor Dato, medical officer of Camp Panacan Station Hospital, said human feces and snake venom were found in the wounds of the soldiers could cause death because of the bacteria that can contaminate the wound.
The seven soldiers -- 1st Lieutenant Marvin Liel L. Gammad, Seargent Jonny P. Nacion, Private First Class (Pfc.) Ryan Dumagat, Pfc. Sosito Palmera, Pfc. Rechie C. Cabag, Pfc. John Russel Veran, and Pfc. Reynold Yula—were -- were wounded when they tripped on a landmine while on security patrol in the hinterland sitio in Pantukan.
Sanchez said the military has also accused the NPA of systemizing its landmine distribution in the whole region by way of color coding per province.
"Major Jake Obligado and other spindoctors at the Eastern Mindanao Command-AFP are desperate to reverse the tide of revolutionary guerrilla warfare, so desperate, that they have to copy methods used by the US imperialist military strategists in its current war against Syria," Sanchez said.
"By alluding that the NPAs are terrorists, who hatch bombs and weapons of mass destruction in chemical and biological forms, Obligado and EastMinCom propagandists are copycats to the Obama government that is now justifying its military occupation in Syria by accusing the Assad regime of engaging in chemical weapons attack," he added.
Captain Raul Villegas, spokesperson for the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division, said a rebel returnee confirmed to them that the communist group did the recent attack in Pantukan.
"Sabi nga niya (former rebel) gawain talaga ng NPA (New People’s Army) rebels na lagyan ng human feces and snake venom yung ginagawa nilang landmine. Delikado talaga if hindi kaagad naagapan ang sugat nila (soldiers)," Villegas said.
David said the finding further proves the NPA rebels' violation of the provisions of Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian law signed by the government and National Democratic Front.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 06, 2013.