The five, along with the six others,are currently in the custody of the Miag-ao police station and undergoinginquest proceeding. ILOILO – Five “child warriors” of theNew People’s Army (CPP-NPA) were among the 11 captured individuals in anencounter between government troops and rebels in Miag-ao town on April 18, thePhilippine Army said. The Army commander also said the fiveminors were all male and residents of Antique province. He said the NPA using minors to wagearmed struggle was “very alarming” and a serious offense. “It is a clear violation of Rule 136 of theInternational Humanitarian Law which prohibits the recruitment of minors by anyarmed groups involved in hostilities,” he said. As recruitment of minors is confirmedin the southern area of Panay, Sison is calling on the parents and guardians toalways guide the teenagers. “I commend the troops of the 61stInfantry (Hunter) Battalion for acting swiftly in eliminating the threat posedby the NPA terrorists in Barangay Cabalaunan. Despite being exhausted in ourdeployments in different quarantine control points, they were still able toperform their task of protecting our people from terrorism,” said Major GeneralEric Vinoya, commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division. (PNA/PN) The blocking force of the Armycaptured 11 rebels while one was killed in a 35-minute gun battle. “For the captured, we have five minors.One of them was 14 years old. Two were 15 years old. One was 16 years old, andthe other one was 17 years old,” said Colonel Marion Sison, commander of the301st IBde. Sison slammed the claims of the NPAthat those captured were not their members. Charges will be filed against those oflegal age while the minors will be turned over to the Department of SocialWelfare and Development for proper custody. The casualty on the armed encounter,meanwhile, was of legal age, a regular member of the NPA, and was alreadyturned over to his family, said Sison. The five could be considered “childwarriors” as some of them were “newly recruited and some rmed already,” headded. “That is not new to us. They always dothat. But we have rebel returnees who confirmed that those captured were indeedtheir former comrades,” he said. According to the 61st InfantryBattalion (61IB) under the 301st Infantry Brigade (301st IBde), government troopsresponded to persistent reports that the NPA was training minor recruits inSitio Anoy, Barangay Cabalaunan, Miag-ao.
With the victory, the Futsal national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina started the international friendly tournament “Futsal Week Winter Cup 2019”, which takes place in the Zatika Hall in Porec.BiH’s team beat China’s selection 3:1 on Tuesday, and scorers for the BiH team were Avdo Huskanovic at 7th minute, Emir Milanovic at 25th minute and Emir Omerhodzic at 34th minute.At 37 ‘the Chinese national team managed to reduce the advantage of our national team.The next match of the BiH national teams will be played on Wednesday at 16:00 against San Marino.PHOTO: Futsalweek.com read more