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Soldier shot dead while bringing kids to school in Davao City

Communist New People's Army (NPA) rebels on Thursday shot dead an Army soldier in front of his two young children and niece in Davao City in southern Philippines, a military spokesman said.

Cpl. Wenie Carampatana, an off-duty personnel assigned with the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, was bringing his five-year-old daughter and niece to school when shot by the rebels, said Col. Leopoldo Galon, spokesman of the Armed Forces’ Eastern Mindanao Command.

Carampatana was shot in Barangay Malabog in Paquibato district around 6:30 a.m. while driving the motorcycle that was carrying the three children, the youngest being his three-year-old son who tagged along with them, according to Galon.

The three children were injured when the motorcycle crashed. Carampatana suffered gunshot wounds in the nape, back and arms, and was dead on the spot.

Based on initial investigation, three NPA rebels participated in the ambush.

“Per initial investigation, two acted as gunmen while one, manning a motorcycle, acted as lookout," said Galon. “Appropriate charges will be filed against these criminals."

Galon condemned the attack, saying it was a “wanton disregard" for human rights and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, which the communists signed with the government in the 90s. - KBK, GMA News


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