MANILA—A soldier died after he was severely wounded when a landmine exploded in Lopez town, Quezon on Sunday, officials said.
Private Kim Veluz, of the 85th Infantry Battalion, was walking along a road in Barangay Santa Rosa when the landmine, allegedly planted by the rebel group New People's Army (NPA), detonated.
According to Col. Norwyn Romeo Tolentino, commander of the 201st Infantry Brigade which has operational jurisdiction over the area, Veluz was wearing civilian clothes and was on his way to his temporary patrol base when the attack was launched.
According to authorities, the attack was reportedly perpetrated by the “Milisyang Bayan," one of the NPA’s support system in the barangay.
He noted that two civilians were walking ahead of the slain soldier and passed the area where it was buried, somehow avoiding the landmine.
The military condemned in “strongest possible means this terroristic act perpetrated by the NPAs which is a violation of the Mine Ban Treaty,” a war pact which was signed and ratified by 156 nations, including the Philippines, in 1997.