IED found 1-km away from Task Force Davao’s checkpoint

admin   •   February 9, 2018   •   3946

 

DAVAO, Philippines — Task Force Davao has confirmed that the unattended bag they found in Barangay Lasang, Bunawan District Davao City on Thursday contained an improvised explosive device (IED).

Task Force Davao Commander Col. Nolasco Mempin said that the bag was found almost just one kilometer away from their detachment.

“Yung respond ng canine dogs natin it appears positive kasi ng sit down ung canine dog so immediately tinawagan na EOD na naka base ditto sa Sta. Ana and pagdating ng EOD, pag check nila positive din,” said the commander.

(The response of our canine dogs appears positive. Because the canine dog sat down, so they immediately called the EOD based here in Sta. Ana. Upon their arrival, when they checked it, they saw the IED.)

Although the task force has yet to determine who left the IED, Mempin said that they believe the communist rebel group New Peoples Army (NPA) is the one responsible.

“We have not identified the perpetrator but based dun sa (on the) signature ng (of the) IED it is the same with the IEDs being used by the NPA. It is homemade bomb wherein yung (its) casing niya (is a) PVC pipe plus fragments made of cut pieces of cable wire and fertilizer and detonating cord as the booster cord explosives,” said the commander.

Mempin also noted that since the city of Davao already became a center of the country, they are expecting more pestering from rebel groups.

With this, authorities plan to intensify the security in detachment areas.

The residents of the city are also advised to stay vigilant of suspicious objects or individuals and to immediately report them to authorities.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, meanwhile, shrugged off the incident.

“I ordered Task Force Davao to check the background where the IED was left, because it may be the NPA is testing our capacities and preparedness of Davao City, and to look deeper into the matter. I commend and congratulate the men and women at the checkpoint for the fast action and for immediately determining that someone left the IED there,” said the Davao City mayor. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

Soldiers aid injured NPA member in Quezon Province

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 11, 2021

A member of the New People’s Army (NPA) was rescued by soldiers who were conducting clearing operations in Catanauan, Quezon Province.

Captain Jayrald Ternio, head of the public affairs office of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division said the soldiers patrolling in Barangay San Roque, Agro heard a cry for help. The soldiers were conducting clearing operations after a recent encounter against NPA rebels.

Ternio said the soldiers found a wounded 24-year-old alias Marlon who was reportedly left behind by his companions.

Ganoon pala kapag wala nang halaga. Iiwanan na lang nila. Nangako silang babalikan ako, ilang araw na, hindi naman sila bumalik (That’s how it is for them once you lose value. They will leave you. They promised to return but it has been days),” according to alias Marlon.

Ternio also acknowledged the soldier’s efforts in aiding those in need regardless of which side they are fighting for.

Kahit sa gitna ng labanan ipinakita ng ating mga kasundaluhan ang propesyonalismo at pagrespeto sa karapatang pantao (Amid the battle our soldiers showed professionalism and respect for human rights),” he said. -AAC (with reports from Jennica Cruz)

Reds agree not to block safe, prompt delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to remote communities

Marje Pelayo   •   February 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) agrees on the importance of coronavirus vaccines reaching the intended communities without delay.

In response to the appeal of President Rodrigo Duterte, the group assured not to cause any delay in the transportation of COVID-19 vaccines to areas they consider as bulwarks of its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA).

“The Communist Party of the Philippines must guarantee that the vaccines in the course of their being transported to areas where no city health officers or medical persons, huwag ninyong galawin ang medisina. Allow the vaccines to be transported freely and safely,” Duterte said during Monday’s public address.

However, CPP chief information officer Marco Balbuena said they prefer humanitarian groups to facilitate the transportation, distribution and inoculation.

“We strongly suggest that the transportation, distribution and inoculation drive of Covid-19 vaccines especially in the interior areas be handled by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Philippine Red Cross and other civilian humanitarian agencies whose personnel are properly trained and who have the facilities to undertake such missions,” Balbuena said.

They want every non-Red Cross vehicle to have proper markings during delivery and as much as possible, no military vehicles among them as there might be miscommunication that could lead to encounters.

“Non-Red Cross vehicles that will be used as Covid-19 vaccine transporters must be clearly and properly marked with a Red Cross over white background,” Balbuena noted.

But according to Malacañang, the government’s vaccine rollout program will push through as planned.

“We have a rollout plan. Iyon po ang masusunod kahit ano pang sabihin ng CPP-NPA,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

“I guess they have freedom of expression but they are tagged as a terrorist group so parang they can express their opinion but hanggang dun lang po yun,” he added. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Task Force Davao boosts security after North Cotabato bombing incident

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 29, 2021

The Task Force Davao said it will heighten security in Davao City following the bombing incident in Tulunan, North Cotabato on Wednesday (January 27).

TF Davao Commander Consolito Yecla reported that additional personnel have been deployed to various checkpoints and buses that enter the city are thoroughly inspected.

“We immediately alerted our checkpoints and we conducted a thorough inspection, especially the bus passengers entering Davao City. We inspected the buses utilizing canine dogs and deployed additional personnel in the checkpoints, especially in the Sirawan checkpoint,” he said.

They also advised the management of the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) to implement the policy of not picking up of passengers outside the terminal.

Meanwhile, Davao City Police Office Chief Colonel Kirby John Kraft said beginning next week, all police stations in the city will have 24-hour checkpoints.

Travelers are also encouraged to cooperate during inspections and residents are reminded of the “no-unattended-baggage” policy, especially at terminals.

One elderly and seven others were hit by shrapnel from an explosion near a Yellow Bus unit on Wednesday. AAC 

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