Military, residents condemn NPAs for bomb explosion in Monkayo main thoroughfare

October 7, 2009 11:23 pm 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Oct. 8 — A military official as well as the populace have condemned the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels after it set off an improvised bomb on a road that serves a lifeline of the peace loving resident of Monkayo, Compostela Valley province.

They said the rebels action has placed the lives of the Monkayo people at great risk.

Lt. Col. Gilbert Saret, chief of the Army’s 25th Infantry Battalion, said the bomb went off around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday along the road in Poblacion, Monkayo town.

Saret said the improvised bomb fashion out as a landmine was planted by the NPAs and passing military vehicles are the target.

No one was however reported killed or injured during the explosion, Saret said.

“The road serves as the lifeline of the peace loving people of Monkayo whose livelihood centers in the Diwalwal area. The recent bomb explosion along the road has put the lives of the people at great risk,” Saret said.

He noted that Leoncio Pitao alias Ka Parago, a known NPA leader, publicly announced the NPAs employment of roadside bombs as their main tactic against government troops in southern and northern Mindanao area.

He also noted that several bombs exploded in Southern and Northern Mindanao regions the past months killing scores of soldiers and wounding many others, including a farmer riding a motorcycle in Marilog District in Davao City.

Saret said several improvised bombs were also recovered by government troops from NPAs’ camps and encounters, the latest of which was last Monday when elements of 60th Infantry Battalion and Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) recovered an IED following a clash with the NPAs in San Fernando town, Bukidnon.

“This shows that the NPA is purely a terrorist organization that is sowing fear and panic among our people,” he added. (PNA)

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