Suspected rebel caught with explosive device

ELEMENTS of the 25th Infantry Battalion, based in Monkayo, foiled a planned attack of the New People’s Army, after they captured a suspected combatant with an improvised explosive device (IED) in his possession on Wednesday, March 14, in Compostela Valley.

Captain Jerry Lamosao, 10th Infantry Division (ID) Division Public Affairs Office (DPAO) chief, identified the apprehended individual as alias Tibay, 26, single and a resident of Barangay Banlag, Monkayo, Compostela Valley.

Troops were conducting a focused military operation and were traversing the road bound for Sitio Liwanag at around 3:30 p.m. when the 1st Platoon, Alpha Company of the unit noticed the suspect trying to hide behind the trees.

“Upon sensing the presence of the troops, the suspect immediately ran away and left a backpack with IED and its components. The troops subsequently chased down and captured the suspect,” Lamosao said.

Recovered from the suspect’s bag were IED, blasting Cap, 16 meters long electrical wire more or less, and trigger switch mechanism. The troops immediately scour the area.

The troops brought the suspect to Monkayo Philippine National Police (PNP) for the filing of case for violation of RA 9516 of Revised Penal Code or the Illegal Possession of Explosive.

Lieutenant Colonel Oscar B. Balignasay Jr., Commanding Officer of 25IB said the incident was a clear manifestation of the sincere campaign of the government in eliminating the terrorist group.

“Anybody who did not answer the call to surrender by the President will be arrested and charged in accordance with the pertinent laws. Those CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) who didn’t surrender and just ignored the call, were apprehended and arrested,” he said.
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