PAF launches air strike vs NPA camp in Sagada

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Posted at Aug 30 2013 02:36 PM | Updated as of Aug 31 2013 01:12 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) launched an air strike against the New People's Army (NPA) in Barangay Agid, Sagada, Mountain Province Friday morning.

According to Police Supt. Navy Limong, spokesperson of the Philippine National Police (PNP) - Cordillera Administrative Region, the PAF bombed the suspected camp of Leonardo Pabsi Command at around 8 a.m. Limong claimed that there will be no collateral damage in the attack, saying that no one lives in the area aside from the NPA rebels.

The Leonardo Pabsi Command was reportedly behind the ambush in Tadian, Mountain Province last June 28, where one trainee of the PNP was killed.

At least nine others were wounded in the incident.

Meanwhile, an advocate for peace in Sagada on Friday morning wrote on her Facebook account about the incident, saying that villagers were watching "helplessly in terror."

"Two military helicopters hovering over northern Sagada dropping bombs and spraying bullets in the watershed close to the villages... Villagers watch helplessly in terror," said Dom-an Macagne, founder of the Kasiyana Peace and Healing Initiatives.

She added that government troops also clashed with NPA rebels on Thursday afternoon.

Macagne then called for peace, noting that Sagada is a peace zone.

It was in 1989 that Sagada officially became a peace zone, where no one can enter the town with guns.

"Sagada is a peace zone, violated many times. Calling all peace makers and peace builders... peace... peace... peace... as i type i hear the explosions... in our kasiyana peace and healing sanctuary," Macagne said.

"The area area being bombed is targeted for an industrial windfarm and is rich with gold and copper as well... peace... peace... peace... our kids wonder what is happening, they hear the explosions too...," she added. -- With report from Edwin Sevidal, dzMM