Operatives of the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) have successfully recovered seven kilograms of IED (improvised explosive device) materials along with other explosive items during operations in Purok 4A, Sitio Panamin Gamay, Barangay Elizalde, Maco, Compostela Valley Province late Friday night.
The CIDG operation stemmed from a report provided by Army Intelligence which indicated that an explosive cache is being maintained in the area.
Acting on this information, CIDG Region 11 operatives led by Senior Inspector Rodel M. Calo, and personnel of Compostela Valley Police Provincial Office immediately applied for two search warrants from the sala of 1st MCTC Compostela-New Bataan ComVal Province Judge Ferdinand R Villanueva.
Seized inside the suspect’s house were:
*One IED weighing more or less one kilogram
*A caliber .45 magazine without ammunition
*One blasting cap with detonating cord
*Assorted IED components
*One bundle of electrical wire
*One M-14 magazine, also without ammunition
*Sixteen M-14 rounds
*Assorted subversive documents/pamphlets/booklets and newspapers marked “pasa bilis” and “ang bayan” believed to be from the New People’s Army
*One violet colored bag containing personal belongings, laptop wallet with ID named Rex Franco, allegedly a security guard of Mongoose Security Agency detailed with Apex mining who was reportedly abducted by the rebels sometime in July 2014.
During the withdrawal of the CIDG operatives, a protruding wire from an unoccupied house, reportedly owned by one Jona Aricos, was chanced upon which led to the recovery of the following items:
*An IED weighing 6.4 kilograms
*18 rounds of .50 caliber machine gun rounds
*A holster for a .45 caliber pistol
*One soldering iron
*And assorted medical supplies. PNA