Maute Group likely behind IED found along Roxas Blvd — PNP

admin   •   November 28, 2016   •   4114

PNP Chief PDGen. Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa points the recovered improvised explosive device IED on the press conference.

PNP Chief PDGen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa points the recovered improvised explosive device IED on the press conference.

MANILA, Philippines — Based on the PNP’s initial findings, the improvised explosive device (IED) found by authorities this morning inside a garbage bin, 100 meters away from the US Embassy along Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City, is identical to the bomb used in the Davao night market blast in September.

Philippine National Police Chief PDGen Ronald Dela Rosa said,”Based sa post blast investigation na ginawa sa Davao, ni-reconstruct yung IED, na-identify na 81mm mortar. Tapos yung pagkagawa ganun na ganun yung signature. Kinompare natin dito according sa ating bomb data center, the same signature.”

(Based on the post-blast investigation conducted in Davao, the IED was reconstructed. It was identified that it was 81mm mortar. Then the construction is exactly the same signature. We compared it here. According to our bomb data center, the same signature.)

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Around 4AM today, a suspicious bag was thrown from a taxi, and was found by a street sweeper who immediately coordinated with the police.

Recovered inside the bag were various tools to create explosives including 81 millimeter mortar, 9-volt battery, cell phone, switch device and blasting cup.

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Authorities suspect that the said bomb could be from the Maute Group or the Tukboi Magid Group because of the manner or strategy being practiced by the terrorist groups. “You can theorize since yung kanyang signature is a signature of the Maute Group. Yung Central Mindanao na mga terorista dalawa yan sila yung Maute Group ng Lanao at tsaka yung Tukboi Magid Group ng Saranggani Province.”

(You can theorize since its signature is a signature of the Maute Group. The Central Mindanao terrorists are two: the Maute Group of Lanao and the Tukboi Magid Group of Saranggani Province.)

The PNP adds that it is possibly a way for the rebel groups to divert the current military operations in Central Mindanao. At present, the PNP is on a full-alert status but the authorities say that the public has no reason to worry.

JOAN NANO / UNTV News & Rescue


7 injured in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat blast

UNTV News   •   September 7, 2019

A CCTV footage captured the moment of explosion at a public market in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat that injured at least seven people.

At least seven people were wounded in the latest blast to hit Sultan Kudarat.

A spot report from the Western Mindanao Command says a loud explosion ripped through a public market in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat on Saturday (September 7) at 7AM.

The blast is believed to have come from an improvised explosive device that was placed beside a parked motorcycle.

Injured victims were immediately transported to Holy Nazarene Hospital and Sultan Kudarat Provinicial Hospital.

The WestMinCom report identified the victims as:

  1. Jomar Catalan Aquino, 30
  2. Jay Carnaso, 30
  3. Gerald Cartagena, 28
  4. Niño Minus Virgo, 28
  5. Jarren Binaluon Amigo, 24
  6. Gulano Nasim Salip, 24
  7. Cagadas Terrencio, 35

Police recover NPA’s anti-tank IED in Surigao del Sur

admin   •   February 5, 2019

A tip from a rebel returnee led the Philippine National Police (PNP) to uncover an anti-tank improvised explosive device (IED) buried by the rebel group, New People’s Army (NPA) along National Highway in Barangay Amontay, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur.

Personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) and PNP Caraga began excavating on January 28 and were able to extract the 8-inch wide and one foot long bomb on Friday (February 1).

PRO-13 Spokesperson Police Superintendent Christian Rafols II said that the bomb has been buried for nine long years inside the lair of communist rebels for tactical operation against the military and police.

“Tapos ang plano nila kasi ang tapat noon sa pinaglagyan ay bundok. Doon naka-standby ang kanilang tropa kasi kung sino yung daw yung hindi mapapatay sa bomba ay ang papatay naman ay yung mga mag a-ambush. So yun ang plano nila,” said the spokesperson.

The bomb’s impact is estimated to cause heavy damage since it is buried underground.

“Ang bomba kung i-cocontain mo siya, mas grabe ang impact kasi ang pinaka shrapnel niya yung mga semento. Magliliparan yan sa mga tao, yun na ang tatama sa mga tao, at mag-cause damage. Mas mabuti na nakuha natin doon kasi magagamit pa nila yun kung gusto nilang gamitin,” said Rafols.

This is the second time since January 1 that PNP Caraga has recovered an IED.

The first one was found inside the backpack of a slain NPA fighter after an encounter in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur last month.

The PNP said the NPA may ride on the bombings in Jolo Sulu and other areas to sow fear among the Caraganons.

PNP Caraga is on heightened alert and has added police visibility in crowded areas. — Raymond Octobre | UNTV News & Rescue

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

admin   •   February 9, 2018


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


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