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