Army discovers NPA's 'bomb factory' in Davao Oriental

April 1, 2011 11:41 pm 

MANILA, April 1 – Army soldiers discovered Thursday a cave believed to be a New People’s Army’s (NPA) factory of explosive devices at Sitio Kalinawan, Barangay Taocanga, Man-ay, Davao Oriental.

Troops under Lt. Col. Reuben Basiao, commander of the 67th Infantry Battalion, found the rebels "bomb factory" full of items needed for the manufacture of explosives.

“The cave is under the NPA’s Merardo Arce Command wherein they harbor materials needed to construct improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other explosives,” Basiao said.

The inventory of items found in the said NPA bomb factory are: two anti-armor IEDs, four anti-personnel IEDs, 3/4 kg. white powder, seven unfinished anti-pers IEDs, six unfinished anti-armor IEDs, 500 meters of detonation cord, 14 blasting caps, 700 pieces of liquid explosives, one set Stanley wrench, one electric drill, 20 pieces of claymore adhesive iron, two pieces of soldering gun, 10 pieces fuse, nine resistor sets, 10 pieces of ballast, 50 pieces of alligator clips, 29 switches, 11 pieces of dead man’s switch, five hammers, three mallets, one metal saw, four files, two tri-squares, one piece mold for anti-personnel IEDs, 18-kg. metal shrapnel, two sets of claymore molds, one tinsmith, one blow torch, one clamp, four rolls of wire, 300 grams of sulfur, nine plastic pipes, three liters of oil, six bottles of polyvinyl chloride solution, one piece port bypass circuit, one roll plastic hose, one weighing scale, and 22 bottles of acetone.

The NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), entered into an agreement with the Philippine Government called as the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

The CARHRIHL is the first of four agreements in the substantive agenda of the formal talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (PHL) and the NDFP which was signed on March 16, 1998 in the Hague, The Netherlands and was approved on April 10, 1998 by the NDFP National Council Chairperson Maria Orosa and on August 7, 1998 by then President Joseph E. Estrada.

“We will continue to invoke CARHRIHL upon the NPA. We are pleased to have discovered and potentially shut down this factory and we know that this will relatively cripple the capability of the NPA to launch atrocities against our citizens,” AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo S.L. Oban Jr. said.

CARHRIHL implies that parties involved in the agreement should avow and apply the principles of international humanitarian law to protect the civilian population and individual civilians, as well as persons deprived of their liberty for reasons related to the armed conflict and also guarantees the right against economic and food blockades and indiscriminate bombings, shelling, strafing, gunfire and the use of landmines. (PNA) scs/FFC/PIA/PR/utb

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