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

admin   •   February 5, 2019   •   2028

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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6 soldiers killed in clash with NPA rebels in Eastern Samar

Robie de Guzman   •   November 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Six soldiers were killed and at least 20 others were injured in a clash between the government troops and members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Borongan City, Eastern Samar on Monday.

Initial police report indicated that three platoons of the 14th Infantry Battalion encountered around 50 NPA members at Sitio Bangon in Barangay Pinana-an at around 5 p.m.

The firefight lasted for about 30 minutes.

The report also stated that six improvised explosive devices simultaneously went off before the encounter.

The names of the soldiers killed and wounded in the battle have been withheld as their families are not yet informed of the incident.

One rebel, who is yet to be identified, was said to have been killed while an undetermined number was wounded in the gunfight, authorities said.

Alleged ranking CPP-NPA official nabbed in Laguna

Robie de Guzman   •   September 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – An alleged high-ranking leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) was arrested by the military and police in Laguna.

The military on Wednesday identified the suspect as Antonia Setias Dizon alias Tonet, 60, who allegedly serves as secretary of the national organizing department the CPP-NPA, as well as the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), which is the communist group’s political arm.

Dizon was allegedly designated to the post, replacing NDFP Consultants Rafael Baylosis and Adelberto Silva who were earlier arrested by the authorities for illegal possession of firearms.

The military said Dizon was arrested by virtue of a warrant for the crime of murder issued by Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur Regional Trial Court Branch 7.

They served the warrant on Dizon at her residence in a subdivision in Barangay Rosario in San Pedro, Laguna at past 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

“Itong si Dizon na ngayon na nahuli siya po yung pumalit kay Silva na kung saan nga po itong si Dizon ay may kasong murder na finile sa Agusan,” Capt. Jayrald Ternio, chief of the 2nd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office told UNTV News in a phone interview.

Seized from Dizon’s residence were a caliber .38 pistol, some live ammunition, 10 blasting caps, two laptops and subversive documents.

The Laguna police believes Dizon’s arrest is a big blow to the communist group’s operations.

“May significant effect ‘yan with regards doon sa benepisyo ng grupo nila mga movement organizations resources financial lahat nasa liderato ng CPP-NPA-NDF,” Laguna police director Col. Eleazar Mata said.

Dizon is currently detained at the San Pedro police station. RRD (with details from Correspondent Sherwin Culubong)

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

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