Pursuing gov’t soldiers found bomb materials in ComVal province

April 6, 2010 11:16 am 

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley, April 6 –- Pursuing government security forces on Monday found improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during hot pursuit operations at Andap area, in New Bataan, Compostela Valley (ComVal) province, military reported Tuesday.

The IEDs were discovered after a gunbattle between troops of the Army’s 10th Infantry (Agila) Division (ID) and undetermined communist insurgents in nearby Mawab town of that same province.

Responding from constant reports that communist-New People’s Army (NPA) rebels will conduct offensives by utilizing IEDs fashioned as landmines, operating troops from the 66th Infantry Battalion conducting security patrol recovered three sacks of Ammonium Nitrate which is a potent IED component, the military also reported.

Maj. Gen. Carlos Holganza, commanding general of the 10th ID, was thankful on the recovery of the ammonium nitrate.

“Three sacks of this chemical will translate to many IEDs which may result to many casualties including those of civilians if they were not recovered by our soldiers. We are thankful that such chemical component of IED was recovered and our people will be a lot safer now from threats of such terrorists’ weapon,” added Gen. Holganza.

Declassified military reports from the field indicate that NPA terrorists plan to use IED against government troops by planting them on the roadside and as leverage against candidates planning to campaign in far flung areas in line with their extortion scheme “permit to campaign fee."

In a related development, the higher command of the 10th ID on Tuesday denied claimed by the NPAs that they killed three soldiers in a clash at Barangay Malinawon, in Mawab town of that same province on Sunday noon.

“Another ploy to deceive the people,” said 10th ID chief of Public Affairs Office (PAO) Capt. Emmanuel R. Garcia.

Only Pfc. Bimbo Ulsa of Baler, Aurora was killed in that gunbattle, Capt. Garcia said.

“This time Local Terrorist Front-33 (LTF-33) did the same by spinning make believe stories of victories while they continually hid their casualties from the eyes of the people when in fact they have repeatedly abandoned their comrades in the heat of battles and those who were lucky to be brought by their comrades were buried in shallow graves in the mountains. Such claim is in line with their aim of projecting strength and to sow fear in the locality in furtherance of their systematic extortion activities which include their so called permit to campaign fee,” Capt. Garcia said in a statement.

The PAO officer added: “The NPAs have suffered considerable losses in terms of lives in the two encounters that happened in Baganga, Davao Oriental and in Mawab Compostella Valley province as revealed by residents in villages were they passed-by but have constantly denied the deaths of their own men in line with their policy of complete denial to the detriment of the families of those who perished.

“We express sadness on the death of those NPAs who have been lured into believing a lost cause only to be denied proper burial by their communist bosses hence we call on people who might have knowledge of their burial sites to inform their families and the authorities so that they may be accorded funeral with the dignity of a human being,” Garcia further added. (PNA)

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