Communist rebels and the Philippine military in Davao Region in Southern Philippines are locked in a propaganda war with a comic twist.
The verbal firework centers on a foul-smelling subject—human feces.
A military spokesman said the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the communist movement in the Philippines, has gone to fighting government troopers using chemical warfare by spiking up its landmines with snake venom and—hold your funny bones—human feces (tae in the local dialect).
Major Jake Obligado, spokesman of the Davao City-based Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) said the NPA used the venom-and-tae explosive brew in a landmine blast that wounded seven troopers in Compostela Valley recently.
Communist rebels are not taking the charge as a joke and a spokesman is responding with seriousness to the charge.
Rigoberto Sanchez, the Southern Mindanao spokesman of the NPA in a statement emailed to media said the military tale that the NPA is spicing up landmines with human feces and snake venom is a malicious military propaganda.
A military official earlier had claimed that traces of human feces and snake venom were found in the wounds of seven soldiers wounded in the recent landmine explosion in Barangay Napnapan in Pantukan, Compostela Valley.
Lieutenant Victor Dato, medical officer of the Philippine Army Camp Panacan Station Hospital, said human feces and snake venom were found in the wounds of the soldiers.
He said the deadly brew of venom-and-human feces could trigger bacterial infection that could kill troopers wounded in the landmine blast.
But Sanchez said the NPA in the four decades that it has been fighting the government only used landmines allowed by international laws like the Ottawa Treaty.
The military claim that the NPA engages in biological and chemical warfare is a pure invention, according to Sanchez.
“The bacteria and poison are not found in the NPA bombs, but in the AFP headquarters, camps, detachments and in the AFP echelons itself,” Sanchez said.