From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Mar 5): SUSTAINED OPERATIONS | 403IBDe Troops Seize Communist Terrorist Explosives in Bukidnon
VALENCIA CITY, Bukidnon (DWDD) – Joint elements of Bukidnon Police Provincial Office and 88th Infantry “Maringal” Battalion (88IB) seized thirty (30) Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and bomb-making paraphernalia from suspected Communist Party of the Philippine – New Peoples’ Army terrorists (CNTs) in Purok 5, Brgy. Lumbo, Valencia City, Bukidnon, March 1, 2018, around 11:55 AM.
The items seized were twenty-one (21) improvised hand grenades, five (5) improvised antipersonnel landmines, four (4) dynamites, sixty (60) blasting caps, 240.5 kilograms steel cut fragments, 370 meters safety fuse, two (2) steel pipes, three (3) PVC pipes, 52.5 meters electrical wires, three (3) kilograms soluble fertilizer, 200 grams sulfur, one kilogram ANFO fertilizer, and 0.4 gram gun powder.
The incident took place after the military and the police responded to a report of concerned local residents about the presence of 2 unidentified individuals in the said area who were carrying five 5 sacks of suspicious items.
Said individuals immediately fled the scene upon arrival of the joint elements of PNP and 88IB leaving behind the IEDs and other paraphernalia.
In a statement, Brigadier General Eric Vinoya, Commander of the Army’s 403rd Infantry Brigade, praised the personnel involved in the joint AFP-PNP law enforcement operations while condemning the CPP-NPA for their continued use of landmines to terrorize communities.
“I congratulate the personnel of Valencia City Police Station as well as the Bukidnon Police Provincial Office and 88th Infantry Battalion for successfully pre-empting the possible destruction to lives and limbs of both our troops and civilians through the seizure of these explosives and paraphernalia. These materials indicate the continued disrespect of the CPPNPA Terrorists on the rights of both our state security forces and the civilians by continuing to manufacture such IEDs that are intended to mutilate the bodies of their victims.” said Vinoya.
Meanwhile, Police Senior Superintendent Benedicto Pintor, Provincial Director of Bukidnon Police Provincial Office, encouraged the local populace of Bukidnon to continue cooperating with their PNP and AFP in order to ensure peace and order and public safety.
“We encourage the public, particularly our local populace here in the province of Bukidnon whom we dearly serve, to continue cooperating with the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army on reporting suspicious activities and presence of unfamiliar faces in their communities so that we can always prevent crimes and acts of terrorism in our area.” said Pintor.
Last February 22, 2018 during the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Conference held at Camp Alagar, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippine National Police Regional Office 10 (PRO10) and Philippine Army’s 4 th Infantry “Diamond” Division (4ID) signed a Joint Internal Security Operations Campaign Plan that aims for the collaboration of training, simulation exercises and security operations between the Police Regional Office 10 and 4th ID.
“This is not the first time the PNP and the Philippine Army conducted joint operations towards the NPA terrorists. The Joint Internal Security Operations Plan have well served its purpose because our operations with the PNP have been successful. Now, I am calling to the other sectors of our society, we cannot fight terrorist alone – your security forces will not be able to do it on our own, fighting terrorism in Northern Mindanao requires everybody’s effort. Together, we can stop terrorism brought by the CPP-NPA.” Major General Ronald Villanueva, Commander of 4ID said. 403IBDe / MCAG