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PIA Press Release
2009/10/08

Bomb explodes in ComVal; NPA member surrenders in Sarangani

Camp Panacan, Davao City (8 October) -- An improvised explosive device (IED) planted by local terrorists (NPA) went off along the road in Poblacion, Monkayo in Compostela Valley province 2:30 PM Wednesday October 7.

Reports reaching army headquarters in 10th Infantry Division in Davao City state that said bomb is targeted against a passing military vehicle carrying troops of 25th Infantry Battalion. No casualty was reported in the incident.

Lt. Col. Gilbert Saret, commander of 25th Infantry Battalion together with local populace of Monkayo town condemned the latest bomb explosion perpetrated by local terrorists. "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. This shows that the NPA is purely a terrorist organization that is sowing fear and panic among our people. Who knows? There might still be bombs planted by these terrorists somewhere along the road that might explode anytime which might maim or kill civilians," Saret said.

A few months ago, Leoncio Pitao, a known NPA leader publicly announced thru the media their employment of roadside bombs as their main tactic against government troops.

Several bombs exploded in Southern and Northern Mindanao regions the past months killings scores of soldiers and wounding many others including a farmer riding a motorcycle in Marilog District in Davao City. Several IEDs were also recovered by government troops from terrorists’ camps and encounters with this group, the latest of which was in October 5 when elements of 60th Infantry Battalion and Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) recovered an IED following a clash with communists in San Fernando town in Bukidnon.

In Sarangani Province, an NPA member surrendered to authorities. Kiton Mante Nongod alyas Tikyo voluntarily surrendered to Lt. Col. Edgardo De Leon of the 73rd Infantry Battalion.

The 19 year-old Mante who is a member of Local Terrorist Front-71 (LTF-71) of the NPA surrendered with his Thompson machine gun saying he can no longer bear the hardships in the mountains with no food to eat. Mante said he was convinced to lay down his firearms due to the relentless community outreach program of soldiers.

Lt. Col De Leon said " the voluntary surrender of any rebel is a welcome development. With the help of local officials and the populace, we are positive that more will surrender and avail of the Social Integration program of the government so that they may go back into the mainstream of the society."

The social integration program is a comprehensive livelihood and re-orientation system which is the newest move of the government to win back rebels into the folds of the law. (10th Infantry Division) [top]

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