THE military has intensified patrol operations around areas where steel towers of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) are installed, particularly in Central Mindanao, following a series of bombings at these facilities, a military official said on Monday.
Col. Noel Detoyato, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs Office, explained that providing security to vital government installations such as the NGCP is inherent to the role of the armed forces but that there was a need to strengthen their operations in those areas.
Considering the number of NGCP towers, he said, timely information is important so that the military or the police can immediately act to prevent any such attacks.
Detoyato said the military believes that the motive for the recent series of attacks on NGCP steel towers is to extort money from the operators of the facilities.
However, in previous bombing incidents, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) has been alleged as suspects.
One of those incidents was the bombing on Christmas eve in Barangay Gandarnatu in Ramain, Lanao del Sur and Carmen, North Cotabato.
Reports quoting NGCP spokesperson Melfrance Capulong said the attackers bombed NGCP tower No. 25 in that barangay. The steel structure carried the NGCP’s Agus-2 138 KV line. Later, NGCP tower No. 95 in the vicinity of Barangay Aroman, Carmen, North Cotabato was also bombed.