By Joey Sem G. Dalumpines
North Cotabato Governor Lala Talino-Mendoza strongly condemned the latest explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED) outside the gate of the Commission on Audit (COA) office in Barangay Amas, Kidapawan City Monday afternoon.
In an interview with this writer, Mendoza said that the incident happened following the information that the IEDs were being transported to the province to disrupt the on-going peace process between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Mendoza urged the national government to issue a clearer policy on the threats and their implication to the GPH-MILF peace process and the immediate intervention for the protection of innocent civilians.
She underscored the need for the police and military to conduct operations on IED production on areas allegedly controlled by the MILF. v“These are clear challenges to our government and the military,” Mendoza said.
She advised the public to be vigilant and to go on with their lives.
Initial police investigation showed that the IED was placed in front of an unused exit gate when it exploded, hitting a power line, and consequently damaging the steel gate.
No one was injured in the incident.
The investigation further revealed that based on the recovered tail fin, the IED was made of a 60-millimeter mortar.