From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 30): Man lauded for alerting police on IED in Maguindanao
A police officer lauded on Monday a concerned citizen who quickly alerted the police about a suspected improvised bomb near a swimming resort here and prevented bloody Saturday.
"We need people like him to prevent violence and save lives," Chief inspector Achmad Alibonga, police chief of Datu Odin Sinsuat, said of the person who informed the police about the improvised explosive device.
Alibonga refused to name the person but gave his snappy salute to the guy. "Emulate the person because that simple action save lives," he told reporters.
Upon receipt of the information at about 10:30 in the morning of Saturday, Chief Inspector Alibonga quickly rushed to the site where the IED was found beside the national highway in Barangay Awang, particularly in front of Granny's Swimming Resort.
Alibonga said the IED was live and capable of wounding or killing people had it exploded. Army and police bomb experts safely detonated the IED, described as similar to explosives manufactured by outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
No one has claimed responsibility in the plan to set off the IED.
The area where the IED was found was a kilometer away from the Army's 6th Infantry Division headquarters.
Police and soldiers remained on alert following the discovery of improvised bomb.