Samar widow turns over IED to cops

August 29, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 816 views

A 55-YEAR-OLD widow turned over to members of the Revitalized-Pulis sa Barangay (R-PSB) agents an improvised explosive device (IED) left by New People’s Army rebels in her farm in Mapanas, Northern Samar.

Major General Edgar Alan O. Okubo, director of the PNP Directorate for Police-Community Relations, said the IED was turned over around 2 p.m. Sunday.

The woman said she discovered the explosive covered with chunks of stone while clearing the grass in their farm in Bgy. Naparasan in 2020.

“The woman said her grandson kept the IED for a long time in their residence afraid they would be suspected of being NPA rebels or supporters. However, she said that she felt that the R-PSB team in their community could really be trusted, thus her decision to surrender the IED,” said Maj. Gen. Okubo.

The IED was turned over to the Northern Samar Provincial EOD/K-9 Unit for proper disposition.

Over 300 R-PSB personnel from the Police Regional Office 8 headed by Brigadier Gen. Vincent S. Calanoga have been sent to seven NPA-infested barangays in Northern Samar.