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Philippines: ICRC concerned by death of civilians

Publisher International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Publication Date 21 February 2012
Cite as International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Philippines: ICRC concerned by death of civilians, 21 February 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f44d2542.html [accessed 31 July 2014]
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Arriving in the area after it was declared safe and clear, a Philippine Red Cross emergency response team observed a small number of people injured and property damaged by bullets that had been indiscriminately fired in all directions.

"A makeshift bomb left in the area then exploded, killing a volunteer ambulance driver, Benny "Daddy" Balmediano, while the Red Cross team was attending to those injured in the attack on the jail," said Jean-Daniel Tauxe, the head of the ICRC delegation in the Philippines.

"We deplore the injury or death of anyone carrying out humanitarian duties," he said. "We would like to stress that civilians and humanitarian workers must be protected at all times."

The indiscriminate use of weapons is inconsistent with basic notions of humanity. The ICRC and the Philippine Red Cross call on all concerned to respect those responding to emergencies, including Red Cross workers.

"It is tragic for a humanitarian worker, who was also a father and whose sole purpose on the scene was to alleviate suffering and save lives, to be a victim of violence," said Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon.

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