Command Detonated Explosives, NOT Land Mines Against the 1002nd Bde

Ka DENCIO MADRIGAL
Valentin Palamine Command, NPA-Far South Mindanao Region
31 July 2011

The Valentin Palamine Regional Operations Command claims responsibility for the tactical offensive against a military convoy of the AFP under the 1002nd Brigade in Brgy Tikulon, Malita, Davao del Sur on 29 July 2011 which resulted in the death of four 39th IB contingents and the wounding of several others.

This tactical offensive using command detonated explosives was mounted in defense of the NDF territories in Malita, Davao del Sur which have been under continuous attack by the government troopers in order to clear the area for foreign, large-scale mining interests. Under the pretext of conducting civilian military operations, no less than the commanding officers of the 27th IB, the 73rd IB and the 39th IB of the 1002nd Brigade were on their way to Little Baguio, Malita to oversee the ongoing military operation there. This military operation, which has been going on for months now, is a requisite for ensuring the mining company's free and easy access into the vast ancestral domain of the B'laan and Kaolo tribes. As a matter of fact, on July 26, a soldier of the 73rd IB was killed in a sniping operation by the people's militia in Sitio Malbag, Brgy Little Baguio which is part of the mining claim.

The 39th IB's Col. Oliver Artuz was quick to pinpoint that the "NPA's treacherous act is a clear violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law." May we inform Col Artuz that as evidenced by the detonating wires, what was used was a COMMAND DETONATED EXPLOSIVE, NOT A LAND MINE. As such, the NPA did not violate any provision of the international humanitarian law. Furthermore, the tactical offensive had a clear and legitimate target -- the military contingents who had been conducting a military operation and terrorizing the people in order to clear the way for the entry of multinational mining companies.

For the further erudition of Col Artuz, command detonated explosives (CDX) which the NPA use, will explode only upon switching by the detonating officer. The detonating officer and the higher command see to it that no civilians are present when the command is given. Mere pressure will not cause the CDX to explode. Unlike the AFP's toratora, sikorsky, OV10 and other aircraft bombers which the AFP have been using in the indiscriminate bombing of rural villages and lumad communities, the NPA's command detonated explosives are controlled and are switched only when the legitimate target is present.

For the Valentin Palamine Regional Operations Command

Ka DENCIO MADRIGAL

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Press Statement - Bisaya (For Immediate Release)

Hulyo 31, 2011

Command Detonated Explosive, Dili Land Mine ang Miigo sa 1002nd Bde

Giangkon sa Valentin Palamine Regional Operations Command ang taktikal opensiba nga gilunsad batok sa military convoy sa 1002nd Brigade sa AFP didto sa Brgy Tikulon, Malita, Davao del Sur niadtong 29 July 2011. Upat ka sundalo sa 39th IB ang napatay ug ubay ubay sa mga sundalo ang nasamdan sa maong opensiba.

Ang taktikal nga opensiba sa NPA ginamit ang command detonated explosive (CDX) gilunsad aron panalipdan ang mga teritoryo sa National Democratic Front sa Malita, Davao del Sur nga dugay nang ginaatake sa mga tropa sa estado aron hawanan ang dalan alang sa hanoy nga pagsulod sa langyaw ug dinagkung pagmina. Sa pasumangil nga molunsad og civilian military operations, mismo ang mga Commanding Officer sa 27th IB, 73rd IB ug 39th IB sa 1002nd Brigade ang miadto sa Little Baguio, Malita aron pangunayan ang operasyon militar didto ug sa tinguhang mahawanan ang dalan para sa libre ug sayon nga pagsulod sa kumpanya sa mina diha sa halapad nga yutang kabilin sa mga tribung B'laan ug Kaolo. Gani, niadtong Hulyo 26, may usa ka sundalo sa 73rd IB nga naigo sa sniping operation sa mga yunit milisya didto sa Sitio Malbag, Brgy Little Baguio nga kabahin sa mining claim.

Matud ni Col. Oliver Artuz sa 39th IB, ang nahitabo usa "paglapas sa Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and the International Humanitarian Law." Buot namong ipahibalo kang Col Artuz nga sumala sa mga nakitang detonating wires, ang gigamit usa ka COMMAND DETONATED EXPLOSIVE, UG DILI LAND MINE. Sa ingon, walay probisyon sa CAHR-IHL nga gilapas. Labaw sa tanan, klaro ug lehitimo ang target--ang militar nga nagalunsad og operasyon militar ug nagapanghasi sa katawhan. Walay sibilyan nga naigo.

Alang sa dugang kasayuran ni Col .Artuz, ang command detonated explosives (CDX) nga gamit sa NPA, mobuto lamang kun kini iswitch sa detonating officer. Dili kini mobusikad kun simpleng madat-ogan o masindulan lamang. Ginaseguro sa NPA command nga anaa ang lehitimong target ayha pabuthon ang CDX ug walay mga sibilyan sa dapit, busa, kinahanglan nga sakto ang last minute datos ayha kini iswitch. Dili gyud kini parehas sa mga kagamitang pagpamomba sa AFP sama sa toratora, sikorsky, OV10 ug uban pa nga gigamit sa paturagas nga pagpabusikad sa kabukiran diin kasagaran maapil ang mga baryo ug komunidad sa katawhang lumad.

Para sa Valentin Palamine Regional Operations Command