8ID condemns NPA
violation of CARHRIHL in Samar
By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 16, 2015
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The Army’s 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division joins the
local government officials, the clergy, the civil society
organizations and the peace advocates in strongly condemning the
violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights
and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) committed by the New
People’s Army (NPA) here on June 13, 2015 at 3:30 A.M. when members of
the NPA indiscriminately harassed the Bureau of Jail Management and
Penology (BJMP) at Barangay Lagundi, Catbalogan City, Samar.
The Lagundi Jail was
destroyed by the NPA through the use of Improvised Explosive Device (IED)
that destroyed the wall of the facility that prompted a firefight
which caused the instantaneous death of inmate Roy Yangzon while
inflicted injury to three BJMP personnel.
It can be recalled that the
NPA also ambushed an unarmed troops on board a motorcycle who went on
marketing their food supplies from Catbalogan City while on their way
to San Jose de Buan last month. It also killed a two year-old baby
Dishley Arandia thru strafing last April in Matuguinao, Samar that
prompted the LGU and the family to condemn the barbaric act of the NPA
and that justice should be served for the loss of innocent lives.
These activities are gross
violation of CARHRIHL by the CPP-NPA which the communist group is a
signatory while their leadership just tolerate such act.
CARHRIHL states that parties
involved in the agreement should affirm and apply the principles of
international humanitarian law in order to protect the civilian
population and individual civilians, as well as persons deprived of
their liberty for reasons related to the armed conflict and also
guarantees the right against economic and food blockades and
indiscriminate bombings, shelling, strafing, gunfire and the use of
Under the Principle of
Distinction which is the basis of international humanitarian law which
applies in all armed conflicts, the principle obliges “Parties to a
conflict” (i.e. the warring parties, whether states or non-state armed
groups) to target only military objectives and not the civilian
population or individual civilians or civilian objectives. Failing to
make this distinction in military operations represents an
indiscriminate attack and is a war crime.
Meanwhile, it was gathered
that said atrocity is a punitive action for a depleted support from
the people of Samar Province who wants just and lasting peace thru a
concerted efforts between the 8ID and other stakeholders from
different sectors of the society wherein on June 12, 2015 the three
islands municipality of Samar namely; Almagro, Sto Niño, Tagapul-an
was declared “Insurgency-Free” municipalities thru the support of the
Local Chief executives and the Provincial Government of Samar.
The CPP-NPA has been
desperate in attempting to counter the government’s efforts in
bringing peace and development to the people through continuous
disregard of the law to boast their effort in reviving those areas
where they lost support from the masses.
Major General Jet B.
Velarmino, Commander 8ID stressed by calling the Samar people of peace
to help in convincing those who are deceived by the CPP-NPA to follow
the path of peace and condemn those who advocate violence and use arms
Further, the Army here in
Eastern Visayas will continue to protect the citizenry especially the
hapless civilians who have been victims by these lawless activities of