ILOILO City (PIA) – An anti-personnel mine was recovered at Sitio Parapada, Brgy. Lanag Norte, Tubungan, Iloilo, July 7.
The timely and reliable information provided by local residents helped soldiers was cited as vital factor for the Army's 61st Infantry (Hunter) Battalion to respond to such information, said 61IB Civil-Military Operations Officer Capt. Ferdinand De Vera in a press release.
According to De Vera, the 61IB troops, that immediately responded to the information, had recovered one anti-personnel mine weighing eight kilograms with estimated 150 meters of electrical wiring hidden under the rock in the said area at around 4:30 p.m.
“The Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) will use the anti-personnel mine to conduct a tactical offensive against the Community Support Programs (CSP) Teams deployed in Tubungan, Iloilo,” he added in a press release.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Harold E Garcia, Acting Commanding Officer of the 61IB, said that CTG’s atrocities and inhuman plans to attack the Army troops hamper in conducting developmental and community support activities in the area.
“The recovery of anti-personnel mine is a clear violation of the International Humanitarian Law, which prohibits its use, stockpiling, production and transfer. Likewise, it had prevented the CTG’s plan to inflict casualty to our CSP teams and innocent civilians,” Garcia said. (PIA6/With report and photos from 61IB-Philippine Army)