MANILA — Police authorities are recommending the total closure of all illegal mining operations in Camarines Norte to deny communist rebels of their source of explosives components for landmines.
Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Director, Police Major General Albert Ignatius Ferro said this was among the initial findings of the investigation into the most recent act of terror committed by the CPP-NPA-NDF on government personnel assigned to protect peasant communities.
Ferro made the recommendation in the aftermath of the ambush staged by New People’s Army terrorists on Friday evening that led to a three-hour encounter with PNP security forces in Barangay Dumagmang, Labo, Camarines Norte that killed five rookie policemen and wounded two others.
Ferro said an examination of Improvised Explosive Devices recovered from the scene of the 3-hour encounter led investigators to conclude that the explosives component came from illegal mining operations in Labo town, known for its thriving small-scale backyard goldmining activities.
He said clearing operations resulted in the recovery of 75 pieces of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) consisting of one big,16 small, and 53 medium-sized IED; and five Molotov petrol bombs.
Also recovered were a roll of firing wire, 43 non-electric blasting caps, two batteries, and an electric blasting cap.
National officials condemned the attack by the CPP-NPA on the remote barangay where a farm-to-market road is being built that will introduce development to the peasant communities in the area.
The CPP-NPA has been extorting money from the project developer, according to Ferro. (AI|MTVN)