30THINFANTRY (PYTHON) BATTALION
4THINFANTRY (DIAMOND) DIVISION, PHILIPPINE ARMY
StaCruz, Placer, Surigaodel Norte
26 June 2016
CPT ROBERTO L FLORIDO (INF) PA
CMO Officer, 30IB
“7 Year old girl died after Communist Bandit Group Attacked a Community in Surigaodel Norte”
ButuanCity– a Seven (7) year old girl died after a communist bandit group attacked a community in barangay Payapag, Bacuag, Surigao del Norte in the evening of June 23, 2016.
The child identified in the person of Criste Mae Aguilar was already sleeping on her bed when she get hit by a bullet from the said bandit group.
The Peace and Development Team (PDT) of the the 30th Infantry (PYTHON) Battalion who happened to be in the area for the conduct of peace and development activities managed to defend the community from the attack and prompted the communist bandit group to with draw towards a mountainous part in the area.
Immediately after the bandit group with draw. The PDT searched and secured the community and discovered several empty cartridge shells of AK- 47 and M16A1 assault rifles from the bandit group position.
They also discovered the parents of the victim crying for help to deliver their child to the hospital. The PDT immediately extended necessary assistance to transport the victim to the nearest hospital and subsequently reported the matter to the law enforcement.
Under Republic Act (R.A) 9851 or the act defining and penalizing crimes against International Humanitarian Law genocide and other crimes against humanity; an attack directed against any civilian population is a crime against humanity and is punishable by law.
Lieutenant Colonel Rico Amaro, the Commander of the 30TH Infantry (PYTHON) Battalion. 4th Infantry (DIAMOND) Division, Philippine Army stationed in Barangay Bad-as, Placer town of the same province was saddened and vehemently condemn the attack on communist bandit group to the innocent civilian ”Lt Col Amaro said.
“I appeal to this law less communist bandit group to put an end to their terrorist activities and stop subjecting innocent civilians as target ”Lt Col Amaro added.