Power was cut off in several areas in Mindanao after unidentified perpetrators set off bombs that toppled two steel pylons of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in Patani village, Marawi City.
Beth Ladaga, NGCP Mindanao information officer, said the blast damaged Towers 19 and 20 that caused the isolation of Agus 1 and 2 from the entire Mindanao grid.
The sudden 150-megawatt power deficiency caused power outage in Marawi City and other areas in the provinces of Lanao Del Sur, Bukidnon and the Davao Region.
Ladaga said they are looking into the possibility that the attack was related to the company’s request to land owners who were intentionally planting trees under power lines.
He related that some power interruptions in some areas in Lanao are caused by the trees planted underneath the towers.
The blast occurred two weeks after two different NGCP towers in North Cotabato were blasted by suspected radicals in Southern Philippines.
Col. Roseller Murillo, commanding officer of the Army’s 103rd Brigade Philippine, said troops were sent early morning to Barangay Patani to secure the area for NGCP’s technicians for restoration activities.
No one was reported hurt or injured in the said explosion that caused fear among the residents in the area, the police reports said.
Police investigators are eyeing extortion as the possible motive behind the explosion.
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