13 Filipino Soldiers Face Raps for Civilian Deaths

The Philippine army says an officer and 12 other soldiers will face court-martial after they engaged in a clash with outlaws in the south that killed a woman and her two children. Military spokesman Lt-Col Lyndon Paniza said an army investigation showed the soldiers did not follow combat rules in an Oct. 18 firefight that led to the crossfire deaths of the three civilians inside a hut in a rural village in Davao del Sur Province. Paniza denied claims by human rights activists that the army troops intentionally strafed the hut, which was owned by tribesmen opposing mining activities in their ancestral land.—AP


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