Man with IED nabbed in Davao City checkpoint

MANILA, Philippines — Units from the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) have arrested a 22-year-old man reportedly carrying an improvised explosive device (IED) during checkpoint operations in Davao City Friday evening.

Capt. Roda Leoncito, EMC public information office chief, said the incident took place 6 p.m. as suspect Roy Bulat-ag Moreno, 22, and of 2nd Block Sinsuat St., Kidapawan City, was entering Davao City.

Checkpoint operations in Sirawan discovered that the motorcycle-riding Moreno was carrying a rectangular device in his bag which he claimed was a bomb.

Further search by government troops revealed two improvised blasting machines with eight double AA batteries, a M-26 fragmentation hand grenade, an improvised electric blasting cap, one improvised tester with nine-volt batteries and electrical tape.

Leoncito said the suspect was immediately turned over to the PNP-Toril for investigation and custody.

In the same vein, all EMC units were placed in “red alert” since Palm Sunday in anticipation of the rebels’ founding anniversary this coming March 29, she added. PNA/