By Marie Tonette Marticio
TACLOBAN City – Four improvised explosive devices (IED) were recovered in a foiled ambush attempt by alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Pinabacdao, Samar recently.
Combined troops of 46th Infantry (Peacemakers) Battalion, and the Explosive Ordnance Division (EOD) of the Pinabacdao Municipal Police Station responded to a report of a concerned citizen that the IEDs were placed along Maharlika National Highway at the boundary of Barangays Pahug and Madalunot, all in Pinabacdao, Samar.
The IEDs, which were made out of PVC pipes, were brought to the 46IB Headquarters for proper documentation and disposition.
It can be recalled that the same army unit retrieved four IEDs in the neighboring barangay of Hubasan, Calbiga, Samar last April 6.
Last year, two employees of Toyota Motors survived an IED ambush attack when their vehicle was mistaken for a police patrol car as they were passing along Maharlika Highway, at the boundary of Barangays Lale and Pahug in Pinabacdao town.
Also in December 2015, government troops and two female staff of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) onboard two trucks coming from relief operations in Northern Samar during the onslaught of typhoon ‘Nona’ were ambushed by suspected armed rebels in the same boundary of Barangays Pahug and Madalunot of said town.
Colonel Camilo Ligayo, 801st Brigade Commander, commended the security forces and the informant for providing the information.
“Our security forces are always ready to run after the rebels who take advantage of the vulnerability of the community in this challenging time brought by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the region,” he stressed.
He added that the continuous support of the people prevented the IEDs to inflict harm and averted the loss of lives unlike what happened last December 13, 2019, in Borongan, Eastern Samar wherein one PNP personnel and three innocent civilians were killed, and 14 others were wounded, including 2 minors and an infant caused by the NPAs.