Unexploded ordnances found in Maguindanao

Published March 11, 2019, 9:45 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Francis Wakefield

Two unexploded ordnances of 60MM mortar were discovered in a farm in Guindulungan, Maguindanao, last Saturday.

The resident, identified only as Datu, immediately surrendered them to the Army’s 90th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Tambunan, Guindulungan.

The surrender came amid the information campaign launched by the 603rd Infantry Brigade against anti-personnel mines in Maguindanao. These were then turned over to the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team for appropriate disposition.

“The ammunition may be used to manufacture anti-personnel mines, if not recovered,” Major General Cirilito Sobejana, the Joint Task Force (JTF) Central Commander, said.

“Any unexploded ordnances and other weapons that may be recovered by residents must be immediately reported to security forces to avoid accidents,” he added.

Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, the commander of the Western Mindanao Command, said that with vigilance and resolve, ground troops made headway in suppressing internal security threats, thwarting several bomb ploys of terrorists in Central Mindanao,

“We also ascribe these successive gains to the support and the trust reposed by the people of Maguindanao to the armed forces,” Dela Vega said.

“Community support programs that raise public awareness and complement our focused military operations on the ground will also be sustained by the joint task forces under the WestMinCom,” he added.