By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL
“A 1,000-pound vintage bomb was accidentally discovered by a civilian back hoe operator along Legaspi Street in Basilan’s Isabela City on Saturday (October 3),” said Col. Domingo Gobway, Joint Task Force (JTF) Basilan Commander.
Gobway said the troops of the 16th Special Forces Company and the Philippine National Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal (PNP EOD) Team immediately responded and cordoned the area in Barangay Isabela Proper for the safe recovery of the said bomb.
He added the EOD teams of the military and the police conducted proper evaluation and assessment of the vintage bomb after which it was brought to the 4th Special Forces Battalion headquarters in Barangay Cabunbata while waiting for the approval for proper disposal.
“We are still waiting for the report from the EOD team as to the classification of the vintage bomb,” said Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., WestMinCom Commander.
“Nevertheless, let us practice alertness and vigilance at all times,” the commander added. (JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL)