ILOILO CITY, Aug. 14 (PIA) -- The Philippine Army's 3rd Infantry Division reaffirmed its commitment to the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) as the country celebrated the IHL Day, August 12, 2020.
As part of the month-long celebration, the military lined up a series of activities aimed at enhancing the understanding of the principles of IHL of its officers, enlisted personnel, and civilian employees, a media release from the Division's Public Affairs Office said.
This includes participation in a webinar on IHL that was organized by its national headquarters and an online talk show which caters to the discussion on the International Humanitarian Law Violations of the communist terrorist NPAs against the Indigenous People Youth dubbed as "Magsasalaysay ang Katutubo at Kabataan, Makikinig ang Bayan."
Executive Order No. 134, s. 1999 declares every 12th day of August IHL Day to enhance the understanding of and enforce the adherence of public officials and law enforcement agencies to the principles of IHL.
The Philippines is a party to the Four Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 and accepts direct responsibility for the application of IHL.
"We will continue to carry out our duties and responsibilities to protect our vulnerable citizens from possible human rights violations especially those caught in the middle of armed conflicts and assure total respect to their human rights as stipulated in the International Humanitarian Law," 3ID Spokesperson Major Cenon Pancito III said in a statement.
This year's theme "Preserving Human Dignity in Times of Armed Conflict: A Shared Human Responsibility" reminds us that as a member of a community, we shall continue to work hand in hand with the rest of the society to pursue an environment that has fullest regard and respect even to the least or our colleagues, Pancito said.
Meanwhile, the military condemned the communist terrorist group for its continued atrocities against civilians and non-combatants.
Very recent of which is when a minor was hastily shot by the NPAs in Tacayan, Tapaz, Capiz last month.
"We are one with the Visayan's fervent desires for genuine peace and complete victory against the New People's Army and its front organizations that continue to exploit and put the lives of innocent people at risk," Pancito added. (JBG-PIA6/With report and photos from 3ID-DPAO)