CPDF hits military for bombing, strafing Besao

>> Monday, February 22, 2021

BESAO, Mountain Province -- The Cordillera People's Democratic Front - Mountain Province assailed aerial bombing and indiscriminate strafing allegedly done by troops of 7th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Cordillera police on pasture land and farms here at Barangay Tamboan last Feb. 11.
    In a press statement, the CPDF-MP said two helicopters dropped a bomb and strafed the area even if there was no armed encounter between government troops and the New People's Army.
    "This is another violation on the rules of war mentioned in the International Humanitarian Law. It has again disturbed the livelihood of the people for pasture animals like cows and carabaos may have been killed, and has brought trauma to the village folks who saw and heard the bombing and strafing," CPDF-MP said.
    “CPDF-MP also condemns the Duterte regime for intensifying its violent war against the revolutionary movement amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. The national government should cease all its combat military operations and focus on facing the pandemic.     We call on the people to call for the government to rechannel military funds to public health, livelihood, and other basic social services," the CPDF-MP added.


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