NPA ‘rebels’ bomb Guihulngan cell site

Suspected members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army in northern Negros bombed a cellular site of the Globe Telecom in Hilaitan, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental recently.

The chief of the Regional Intelligence Division of the Philippine National Police Regional Office 7 (PRO-7) Sr. Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, based in Cebu City, said all indications in which the bombing was carried out, that the CPP-NPA could be the perpetrators.

A progress report submitted by Chief Insp. Errol Garchitorena, Jr., Guihulngan police chief, to the Philippine National Police in Negros Oriental and the Regional PNP Office-7 in Cebu, said an explosion was heard around 10:30 p.m. Monday in Barangay Hilaitan, Guihulngan.

The police, however, received information about the bombing only the next day as those who heard the blast apparently feared retaliation from the suspects and did not immediately report the incident.

Guihulngan police said the crime scene was already “contaminated” as Globe Telecom personnel were already there.

Recovered at the scene were pieces of shrapnel and broken metal, and a broken part of a cellular phone key pad, believed used by the perpetrators.

A team from the PNP Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) and post-blast investigators from the Negros Oriental PNP provincial office, who arrived later, who took soil samples at the blast area to determine the type of explosive used by the suspects, also found a wire insulator from where the explosion occurred.

A certain Danny Carampatan of Barangay Hilaitan revealed that after the explosion, he and other residents heard several bursts of gunfire, or possible warning shots. He said they heard the sound of a pumpboat engine revving up in Hilaitan after the blast.

Damage to the cell site was pegged at P1-million although the extent of the blast was not immediately known.

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