Troops recover bombs

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014


GOVERNMENT security forces have recovered 44 improvised bombs believed to have been abandoned by the New People's Army (NPA) rebels in the hinterlands of Agusan del Sur, a military official said.

The recovery of the improvised bombs came a day after two NPA rebels surrendered to the government forces in Surigao del Sur, Agusan's nearby province.

Eastern Mindanao Command information officer Captain Alberto Caber said the improvised bombs were recovered around 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Sitio Mampait in the village of Mansanitas, Loreto, Agusan del Sur.

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Caber said the bombs concealed on sacks were found in a secluded place by the troops from the Army's 1003rd Infantry Brigade while conducting security patrol following the reported presence of unidentified people acting suspiciously.

He said one of the eight sacks contained 44 improvised bombs made of Polymerized Vinyl Chloride (PVC) pipes and fashioned out as a landmine.

He said the troops also recovered several pieces of cut PVC pipes, batteries, detonating cords, and improvised firing devices.

Eastmincom chief Lieutenant General Ricardo Rainier Cruz commended the residents for the timely report on the presence of strangers in their village.

"Civilian information leads to the recovery of the NPA landmines. We thank our people for their cooperation. Our soldiers are always ready to respond anywhere and whenever needed," Cruz said.

Meanwhile, the NPA surrenderees were identified as Robert Daging, alias Ka Alex, and Abet Guinson alias Ka Abet. They voluntarily surrendered to the troops from the Army's 36th Infantry Battalion at noontime Saturday in the village of Hinapuyan, Carmen, Surigao del Sur.

Caber said the two NPA rebels turned over Garand and Carbine rifles with ammunition when they surrendered.

He said Daging is a member of NPA's Front 21, while Guinson belongs to Front 30, which is under the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee operating in Surigao provinces.

They admitted that they were victims of NPAs deceptions, Caber said.

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