2 explosives found in Lanao del Norte town

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 16 2013 03:43 PM | Updated as of Jun 16 2013 11:43 PM

MANILA – Two improvised explosive devices (IED) were found in the town of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte at past 6 a.m. Sunday.

One of the IEDs was left outside the gate of Kauswagan Mayor Casan Maquiling's house, while the other one was left under a culvert near the residence of a certain Professor Joseph Sanguila.

Police said the IEDs were made of ammonium nitrate and they believe the bombs were only left there to sow fear since no shrapnel was found.

Authorities believe this incident is in connection with the political tension that’s been ongoing in the town since Maquiling assumed office last June 13.

Maquiling sat as mayor after the Supreme Court disqualified the candidacy of Rommel Arnado in the 2010 elections.

Maquiling is currently holding office at a health center, while Arnado still insists that he has the right over the Mayor’s Office of Kauswagan.

Arnado also accused Maquiling of planting the bombs himself. – from a report by Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News Iligan