Joint military intelligence operatives discovered five improvised explosive devices (IEDs) allegedly planted by communist rebels in a remote village in Lingig, Surigao del Sur on Friday, Oct. 2.
In a statement Saturday, Lieutenant Commander Louie Dema-ala, commander of the 67th Infantry Battalion (67IB), said his troops and elements of the 104th Military Intelligence Company (104MICO) scoured Sitio Cambaugo in Barangay Rajah Cabungsuan to verify a report from the locals that there were IEDs planted in the part of the village where communist rebels have allegedly camped out.
Upon verification, the intelligence operatives recovered the IEDs which weighed a kilogram each.
Dema-ala believes that the explosives are owned by the front north, sub-regional command (SRC)-1 of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC). It is a New People’s Army (NPA) front organization which operates in the province, he said.
Dema-ala said the discovery of the IEDs prove that the NPAs continue to violate the Comprehensive Agreements on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).
CARHRIHL bans the use of anti-personnel mines and landmines that cause severe or long term damage to the environment, superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering to potential victims.
“The [recovery of the] IEDs are attributed to the unit’s relentless effort in intensifying [our] intelligence operations. The successive discoveries of explosive items is an indication that [the] NPA’s firepower and strength is decreasing,” he stressed.
He said the IEDs could have caused massive damage to military and civilian lives, and properties if left unattended in the hinterlands of Barangay Rajah Cabungsuan.
The IEDs were brought to the headquarters of the 67IB in Baganga, Davao Oriental for proper disposition.