Military to file raps vs rebels for Bansalan blast

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014


THE military is determined to file charges before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Davao del Sur against the communist rebels who attacked 12 soldiers and five civilians using landmine in Bansalan town on March 2.

Philippine Army's 1002nd Brigade commander Colonel Marcos Norman Flores Jr. said the armed forces is set to file charges for frustrated murder under Revised Penal Code and violation of the International Humanitarian Law against the rebels this week.

Based on the initial information, it was Menandro Villanueva, alias Nelson, a secretary of the New People’s Army (NPA) Guerilla Front 51 who directed their comrade Roberto Rosete, alias Bobby, a secretary of the Sub-Regional Committee 3, to attack the ambulances.

"We are now coordinating with the members of the PNP (Philippine National Police) for us to file the charges against Menandro Villanueva and Roberto Rosete and their comrades who were responsible of the attack," Flores said.

The first explosion occurred around 11:18 a.m. at Sitio Balutakay in Barangay Managa, Bansalan, while the 39th Infantry Battalion troops encountered the NPA rebels. At least 12 soldiers were wounded in the attack.

Injured were First Lieutenant Ian Rogel Ngalew, Second Lieutenant Joesepher Ansay, Corporal (Cpl.) Toto Imar, Cpl. Joefrey Espina, Private First Class (Pfc.) Brian Ferrer, Pfc. Rowell de Guzman, Pfc. Jovane Adam, Pfc. Edwin Mamalinta, Private Gonzalo G. Gella Jr., Private Rodel John Reynalda, Cpl. Rufino Aquas Jr., and Cafgu Almadine A. Ongot.

The NPA then set off another landmine as three ambulances of Davao del Sur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), Philippine Red Cross-Davao del Sur Chapter, and 39th IB were heading to evacuate the injured troops.

Injured in second explosion that occurred 7:30 p.m. at Sitio Tower in Barangay Managa, also in Bansalan, were civilians Henaro Dumayas, Ivan Malingo, Bonita dela Cruz, Arnel Valeroso, and Alberto Cabual Jr., all volunteers of the PDRRMC and Red Cross.

Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) commander Lieutenant General Ricardo Rainier Cruz III earlier ordered the Army’s 1002nd Brigade and 39th Infantry Battalion to conduct their pursuit operation in coordination with the Davao del Sur Provincial Police Office.

The Eastmincom already recorded a total of 468 NPA landmine incidents since 2010, of which 128 were killed and 340 were wounded. The incident also destroyed lot of civilian properties and government facilities in Eastern Mindanao, Cruz said. (With Sunnex)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 05, 2014.

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