Government troops confiscated several improvised explosive devices believed to be owned by communist New People's Army (NPA) rebels in Valencia City, Bukidnon on Thursday.
Senior Supt. Benedicto Pintor, director of Bukidnon Provincial Police Office, said the explosives were left by two unidentified men in Purok 5, Barangay Lumbo when authorities arrived at the area.
"May tumawag na nag-inform sa mga pulis na may kaduda-dudang tao doon and then pinuntahan ng ating kapulisan at kasundaluhan, pagdating sa lugar eh tumakbo daw itong dalawa. Naiwan 'yung mga sako," he said.
Inside the sack were 21 improvised hand grenades, five improvised anti-personnel mines, four dynamites, and other IED components, such as electrical wires, blasting caps, and steel cut fragments.
Col. Royland Orquia, deputy brigade commander of 403rd Infantry Brigade, said the explosives belonged to the NPA.
The communist rebels, he said, use these explosives to sow terror.
- report from Angelo Andrade, ABS-CBN News