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NPA roadside bomb injures truck driver in Davao

Camp Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City (4 March) -- A truck driver was injured when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by New People's Army (NPA) terrorists exploded in the village of Barakatan in Toril district in Davao City 8:30 PM Monday.

Reports reaching 10th Infantry Division (10ID) headquarters state that Gene Recta a hauler truck driver of Sumifru Banana Plantation was wounded in the roadside bomb explosion and was brought to the company's clinic for medical treatment.

Maj. Gen. Carlos Holganza, commander of 10ID slammed the use of IEDs by the NPA as he called for human rights groups in the region to denounce the terroristic activities of the NPA. "Our people have been constantly at the receiving end of inhuman acts of these local terrorists. The wounding of an unarmed civilian in that bomb explosion is unacceptable in a civilized nation such as ours. We appeal to our people and all true human rights advocates in the region and the whole country to fight for the rights of our citizens who have been victimized by NPA terrorists so that they may be brought before the bar of justice," Holganza said.

Barely two weeks ago, a roadside bomb barely missed a passing military convoy in Davao del Sur.

Last year, two civilians were wounded in two separate roadside IED explosions set-off by NPA in Davao City. Last year also, one resident was killed together with four policemen when a bomb planted by NPA exploded in Davao del Sur.

The use of IED has been admitted by the NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines as one of their tactics in waging a bloody revolution to topple the legitimate government.

Advocates convene for HR Forum

Human rights advocates from across the country will convene for a public forum today, March 3, 2010, at the University of the Philippines in Diliman to explore perspectives on human rights and the international humanitarian law.

The forum on Republic Act 9851 or the Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide, and Other Crimes Against Humanity will discuss the emerging issues surrounding the law's implementation.

The forum will also explore perspectives from Mindanao where the Maguindanao massacre took place and where civilian women were killed along with lawyers and journalists, and then buried in shallow graves. The massacre catapulted the Philippines as the world's most dangerous country for journalists.

Two speakers from Mindanao who will share their perspectives are Amina Rasul, lead Convenor of the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy (PCID) and Ruby Rose Lora from the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), an advocacy and solidarity institution promoting peace, conflict prevention, democratization and the right to self-determination in Southeast Asia.

"The International Humanitarian Law has a positive implication to the on-going peace process in Mindanao. This law will protect civilians especially in Mindanao where war and armed conflicts have resulted to grave human rights violations," stated Lora, IID's Program Manager on Conflict Prevention and Peace Building.

The International Committee of the Red Cross will also have a session clarifying its role in the implementation of the law. The academe and civil societies such as the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy, Initiatives for International Dialogue and the International Committee of the Red Cross has been supporting government authorities in their efforts to promote the international humanitarian law. (IID) [top]

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