NORTH COTABATO - Two steel transmission towers of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) were simultaneously bombed Friday night in the Pikit, North Cotabato.
Tower 44 in Barangay Batulawan and Tower 45 in Barangay Dalengaoen toppled when improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were set off by unidentified suspects around 11 p.m.
The incident plunged parts of North Cotabato, Maguindanao and Cotabato City in total darkness for about two hours.
Police and army operatives recovered metal fragments of 60 mm mortar, blasting cap, black multi-tester, electrical wires and a set of intact IED in the blast site.
Pikit police chief Insp. Sindato Karim said authorities are considering two motives in the attack. One is to sabotage the area's power supply and the other is to rock peace and order in the town.
Police are still investigating the identities of the suspects. Additional security forces have been deployed in other NGCP towers.
The power supply in Central Mindanao was restored around 2 a.m. Saturday when the Cotabato Light and Power Company used the Tacurong Substation as an alternate source of electricity
Another NGCP steel tower was earlier bombed in Barangay Batulawan in Pikit, North Cotabato on January 12, 2015. The incident also cut power supply in a large part of Central Mindanao. -- Report from Jasper Acosta, ABS-CBN News