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6th ID to dispose unserviceable explosives in Maguindanao

Local News • 04:05 AM Tue Mar 29, 2016
Edwin Fernandez
Maj. Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan, 6th ID chief (center), presents to Westmincom chief Lt. Gen. Mayoralgo dela Cruz the IEDs recovered in its area of jurisdiction. (Photo by

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao -- The Army's 6th Infantry Division will dispose today some 300 kilos of explosives, composed of mortars and other high explosive cartridge in Barangay Semba, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.Capt. Joan Petinglay, speaking for the 6th ID, said the disposal will be carried out by Army bomb disposal units beginning at 7 a.m. Informing thecivilian populace in Cotabato City and Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanaonot to panic if they hear loud explosions, Petinglay said.The explosives were either recovered during military operation against lawless elements and those owned by the government that are no longer serviceable.On Monday, the 6th Infantry Division, through its
Task Force Central presented to the media various improvised explosive devices recovered,
disposed and defused by Army bomb experts.
sand// Petinglay said the
IEDs were manufactured and dispersed by the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom

The Geneva-banned war materials were recovered during the more
than one month operations against the BIFF in Datu Salibo, Maguindanao.

It started when the outlawed group torched two heavy equipment
of a private construction company dredging portions of the town for the flood
control project.

When the Army responded, a full blown shooting war erupted and
lasted until mid-March, leaving five soldiers killed and 35 others injured,
mostly by IEDs.

This is a manifestation
that the BIFF will sow more terroristic activities in the area, withutter
disregard for the safety of the civilians,” Petinglay said.

She said soldiers of the
Joint Task Force Kampilan will continue to intensify its operations to clear
the area IEDs so that people in the community can go back with their normal

At least 3,000 individuals
from several villages of Datu Salibo remain in evacuation sites and hoping the
Army would give the green light soon for them to return home and rebuild their

At 8 a.m. today, the Army
bomb disposal unit will dispose by detonation all the confiscated, recovered
and unserviceable high explosives in a disposal area in Barangay Semba, Datu Odin
Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

We would like to inform the public, especially those living near
Barangay Semba, and Cotabato City that a series of explosions will be heard beginning
this morning,” Petinglay said.

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