By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — Joint army and police personnel have intercepted on Wednesday (31 March 2021) two motorcycle riders bearing improvised explosive devices mixed with essential food supplies allegedly intended for the New People’s Army (NPA) at a checkpoint in Barangay Poblacion 2, Santiago town, Agusan del Norte.
Citing reports from Caraga PNP Director Police Brigadier General Romeo M Caramat, Jr., PNP Chief General Debold M Sinas, said the contrabands were loaded in two single motorcycles driven by Darnel Jaudian, 24 years old, male and Raymund Tanghal, 24 years old, male both residents of Brgy. Telesfora, Tubay, Agusan del Norte
Confiscated from the suspects were 15 meters of detonating cord, one pipe bomb-type Improvised Explosive Device, two magazines for 5.56mm loaded with live ammunition, 33 rounds of caliber 5.56 live ammunition, and several assorted goods and food supplies.
Based on the investigation, the items were supposed to be delivered by the suspects to the members of the NPA’s Guerrilla Front (GF) 16, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee under the command of Rolando Leyson, Jr. aka Ka Edroy.
“The confiscated items are supplies for the 52nd NPA anniversary celebration on March 29 but were delayed due to tightened security measures and law enforcement operations regionwide,” Caramat told Sinas in his report.
He also thanked the community for providing information to authorities on the transport of explosives and supplies to the hinterlands of Brgy Poblacion 2 in the municipality of Santiago that led to the successful interception.
Arrested persons together with the pieces of evidence were brought to Santiago Municipal Police Station as appropriate charges have been prepared for filing in court. (AI/MTVN)