Bomb components seized from suspected BIFF members

Lore Mae Andong, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 07 2016 07:12 PM

NORTH COTABATO - Authorities are conducting a probe on the bomb components seized during a law enforcement operation Tuesday afternoon in Purok 6, Barangay Dungguan in M'lang town North Cotabato.

By virtue of a search warrant, the operating troops scoured two houses owned by a certain Anwar and Guiamadel Sandigan who were included in the list of suspects in previous bombing incidents in M'lang dated 2014 and 2015.

The authorities were able to recover two grenades, black powder, circuit boards, blasting caps, detonating cords, Christmas lights and bulbs, batteries, battery tester, assorted cellphones, pressure-type iron rod that can be used as a booby trap, phone chargers and a wrist watch that can also be used as a triggering device when wires and other components are attached to it.

Cotabato Provincial Police Director, Police Senior Superintendent Emmanuel Peralta said the suspects managed to escape and joined civilians who ran away from the area.

The items were recovered inside two shanties, where authorities believe the suspects go to when making IEDs.

Some of the items were even recovered inside two backpacks. Aside from the bomb components, various notebooks were also recovered.

The official said these served as a guide or a manual in bomb making as there are bomb components' ingredients, quantity and process of bomb making scribbled in the notebooks, with some of the notes written in Arabic and Maguindanaoan dialect.

"Parang may alam na talaga sa pag-gawa ng bomba ang mga ito. Experts na [It appears that they really know how to create bombs]," Peralta said.

They will also question Jokrie Buisan, who was arrested in one of the target's houses.

Police will also look into his background and links to know if the recovered items will be utilized in any planned or possible bombing activities as Anwar and Guiamadel Sandigan are allegedly members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, a Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) breakaway group who lingers in the outskirts of North Cotabato and neighboring provinces.

Peralta added some of the recovered items are ready to be connected and some only need a main charge like a mortar round to be completed.