RECOVERED EXPLOSIVES. The Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 (Caraga) reports on Tuesday (Feb. 7, 2023) the recovery of two deadly improvised bombs hidden by New People’s Army rebels in Barangay Taligaman, Butuan City. The recovery of the explosives was made possible through information provided by a tipster in the area. (Photo courtesy of PRO-13)

BUTUAN CITY – Policemen recovered two deadly explosives hidden by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in a village here, an official said Tuesday.

“The communist group buried the improvised explosive devices in Purok 1 of Barangay Taligaman,” Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 (Caraga) director, Brig. Gen. Pablo Labra II, said in a statement.

Acting on a tip, he said personnel of the Butuan City Police Station 4 found the improvised claymore mine, a cylindrical pipe bomb, and four plastic containers filled with rice explosives on Monday.

A report from the PRO-13 intelligence division said the recovered explosives were from the Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda 21C, Weakened NPA Guerilla Front 21, Sub-Regional Command Westland, Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee under a certain Arnel Banguis.

“The PRO-13 expresses appreciation for the informant's assistance in the recovery of the dangerous explosives,” Labra said.

The support, he said, proves the strong partnership between the police and the communities in the region. (PNA)