Imelda Tabiando of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) has confirmed the launched airstrike on Thursday by two warplanes of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) over Malibcong town, Abra.
Abra is on full alert after an ambush wounded five policemen at the start of the week when members of the New People’s Army ambushed the convoy of Abra Police Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum, SunStar Baguio reports.
The report quoted the Mabaka Banao Gubang Tribal organization saying “bombs were dropped in Barangay Lat-ey by two AFP fighter planes affecting farms and forests.”
CHRA reported 56 families have been affected as forest fires continue.
The ground forces have confirmed 12 bombs from the AFP have been unloaded since Thursday morning causing a continuous forest fire as a result of the strikes, Tabiando said citing sources.
“There were eight in the morning and another four in the afternoon,” Tabiando said.
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police as well as the AFP has not yet confirmed the ongoing airstrikes.