CAMP BANCASI, Butuan City – The Army’s 23rd Infantry Battalion (23rd IB) disposed of bomb-making materials and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), including anti-personnel mines, seized during the unit’s intensified combat and focus operations in Agusan del Norte.
Civil Military Operations (CMO) Officer First Lt. Roel T. Maglalang of the 23rd IB told The Manila Bulletin on Tuesday that the explosive materials were disposed of in the isolated Jamboree site of Purok 6, Barangay Alubijid, in Buenavista town.
The disposal of the explosives was conducted with the support of the explosive and ordnance teams from the 23rd IB and the Philippine National Police Mobile Force Battalion 12.
The explosives and materials disposed were eight anti-personnel mines, and 254 packs of ammonium nitrate placed in 11 plastic containers.
The disposal was aimed at providing information on how destructive the explosives were to persons, properties, communities and most especially to innocent civilians, the 23rdCMO officer said.
“IEDs are strictly prohibited because it does not only inflict casualties on government forces, but also ordinary people in villages,” he said.
“The use of IEDs is a violation of international agreements, including the Ottawa Treaty, Geneva Convention, and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL),” Maglalang added.
It was not the first time the 23rd IB disposed of the IEDs it recovered from the Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs) during military operations, he said.
It can be recalled that on September 25, 2019, the 23rd IB and PNP also disposed of and detonated IEDs recovered during the conduct of intensified Joint AFP-PNP Focused Military Operations against the Communist terrorists. A total of 105 IEDs, 10 pcs. Claymore mines and 526 Nitro 1500 TNTs with 12 blasting caps were disposed of.