ZAMBOANGA CITY: The military are holding two men caught transporting improvised explosives in New Bataan town in the southern province of Compostela Valley, the army said on Wednesday.
Capt. Alberto Caber, a spokesman for the Eastern Mindanao Command, said the suspects – Edwin Sarvida and Dodong Langoy – were arrested in Barangay Andap, New Bataan town following an operation conducted by the police and military.
He said security forces recovered two improvised explosives weighing 5 kilos from the suspects, who were allegedly transporting these for the New People’s Army (NPA).
“The local police are now investigating the two men who are facing criminal charges for illegal possession of explosives,” Caber told The Times.
It was unknown whether the two men were members of the NPA or just couriers, but Caber claimed that 58 explosives had been recovered by the army and police in eastern Mindanao alone and that 47 rebels were also arrested or captured since January.
He said just this April, at least one civilian was killed and 9 others wounded in random bomb attacks by rebels in Surigao del Sur and North Cotabato provinces.