Monday, August 31, 2020

Concerned citizen yields IED paraphernalia to Security Forces

DAVAO CITY - Various improvised explosive device (IED) paraphernalia were reported and subsequently turned over by a concerned citizen from Barangay Lumiad, Paquibato District, Davao City to the Community Support Program (CSP) Team of Charlie Company, 27th Infantry Battalion on August 30, 2020.

The concerned citizen of Barangay Lumiad discovered the IED paraphernalia near her backyard which were hidden for almost two months based on the dried leaves and bushes covering it.

The recovered IED paraphernalia was composed of three pieces PVC pipes container with approximately six (6) inches in diameter and nine (9) inches in length, three (3) pieces detonating switch, metal shrapnels, 17 pieces galvanized plates, approximately 50 meters detonating cord, and one (1) upper BDA.

It can be recalled that on August 26, 2020, an encounter transpired in Brgy. Mapula in Paquibato between the 27IB troops and communist terrorists in the area through the information provided by concerned residents of the said barangay.

The residents reported that a group of NPA Terrorists was observed in Sitio Barko-barko of the same barangay emplacing landmines alongside the road net targeting the CSP Team of 27IB.

This further proves that the NPA Terrorist’s violations of the UN Convention on the Prohibition on the Use of Landmine and their consistent disregard of the community’s safety who is also using the same road net.

The discovery and surrender of IED paraphernalia by a concerned citizen also indicate the community’s support to the CSP Team of 27IB.

Meanwhile, LTC VICTORINO M SEÑO INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officers of 27IB thanked the community for their positive response and the immediate turnover of IED paraphernalia to the military.

"The actions of the concerned citizen did not only help the military but more so the residents of Paquibato District preventing the NPA Terrorist to use landmine in harming innocent civilians and creating fear in the entire community," Lt. Col. Seño said.

The CDTs are involved in community development in Barangays Mapula, Lumiad, Malabog, and Paquibato Proper assisting the People’s Organization in their livelihood activities.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Office, 27th Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force Agila

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