Monday, September 3, 2018

Bicol communist rebels could be behind bombing at Masbate port — Durana

From the Manila Bulletin (Sep 3): Bicol communist rebels could be behind bombing at Masbate port — Durana

Communist rebels operating in Bicol could be behind the bombing on a port in Masbate that led to the destruction of boats of Philippine Army and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

Senior Supt. Benigno Durana, spokesman of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said the traces of the improvised explosive device (IED) recovered during the post-blast investigation would reveal the kind of bomb that the New People’s Army (NPA) usually makes.

Philippine National Police Spokesperson Senior Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. (Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)
“Our Crime Laboratory Office has recovered orange PVC pipes. We have seen this preferred signatures and materials of communist rebels,” Durana said.

At around 12:30 a.m. yesterday, a loud explosion ripped through the Masbate Port area in Masbate City.

Responding cops reported that two boats were damaged—a 25-footer rescue boat of the 21st Battalion of the Philippine Army and another 25-footer boat with Coast Guard marking.

Fortunately, there was no reported casualty during the attack.

Police are now conducting investigation to identify the persons behind the attack which occurred a few hours after the second bomb attack in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat that left two civilians dead.

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