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Troops recover IED in encounter with local terrorists

Camp Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City (8 September) -- Government troops recovered an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) in an encounter with local terrorists (NPA) in Sitio Kamisungan, Brgy Matupi, San Fernando town in Bukidnon 9am Tuesday October 5, 2009.

Acting on a tip-off by residents regarding the presence of armed men in their place, soldiers and Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) members led by Lt Mario Vergara caught up with terrorists reportedly belonging to Local Terrorist Armed Unit-2 (LTAU-2) and Local Terrorist Front-52 (LTF-52) under Local Terrorist Leader (LTL) Luther and a brief firefight ensued which forced the bandits to withdraw. Soldiers recovered the bomb together with several medical kits and backpacks in the encounter.

In a statement few months ago, Leoncio Pitao a notorious terrorist leader admitted thru media the use of IED as landmine and roadside bomb targeting what he call the reactionary forces of the government.

Lt. Col. Adriano Perez, commander of 60th Infantry Battalion slammed the use of IED by the terrorists saying "it is the height of cowardice to use improvised bombs which endanger the lives of noncombatants." Perez further said "The use of IED is banned worldwide as it violates the very principle of International Humanitarian Law which is anchored on the protection of civilians caught in armed conflict.

This shows the evil nature of this organization and its leaders who pester on the poor and exploiting the plight of the masses so that they may continue on their large scale extortion activities victimizing business enterprise and even the lowly farmers here in Davao region."

A few days ago, a meeting of Lumad leaders and soldiers was disrupted by gunshots by suspected local terrorists in a seeming bid to stop the "pulong-pulong" (tribal meeting) in nearby Talaingod town in Davao del Norte. Authorities suspects that the same group was the one encountered by troops.

In related news, soldiers discovered an abandoned terrorist camp in Brgy Las Arenas, Pantukan in Compostela Valley province Friday morning October 2, 2009.

Authorities said the camp could accommodate about 100 persons with its 50 makeshift bunkers and is believed to be last occupied between the months of August and September. (10th ID) [top]

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