Last October 8, 2021, at Sitio Malinao, Barangay Kalasungay, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, the joint elements of the 8th Infantry “Dependable” Battalion, Philippine Army, Bukidnon Provincial Intelligence Unit, Bukidnon Provincial Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Canine seized 1,076 pieces of 22mm x 189 grams dynamites and one anti-personnel mine (APM).
According to Ronald Landasan alias Gamay/Gaspar, 47 years old, a former Squad Leader of Sentro De Gravidad (SDG) Dario, Guerilla Front 89, Sub-Regional Committee 2 (SRC2), North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC), the said dynamites buried were to be used by the CNTs to make APMs.
“I revealed the dynamites because I don’t want them to be used against the soldiers and civilians. They were intended to be used by the CNTs to wound and kill the soldiers operating in the mountains of Bukidnon,” said (translated) Landasan.
“We are coordinating with the PNP to file appropriate charges against the CNTs. They have violated the Ottawa Convention which prohibits the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines. We will also investigate and find out the source who gave the said dynamites to the CNTs to file charges against them,” said (translated) Lieutenant Colonel Edgardo Talaroc Jr, Commander 8IB.
“We congratulate 8IB and Bukidnon Provincial Police Office (PPO) because the seizure of more than one thousand dynamites prevented the plan of the CNTs to inflict harm against our soldiers, specially that it can also harm innocent civilians,” said (translated) Brigadier General Ferdinand Barandon, the Commander of 403rd Infantry Brigade.
The dynamites were handed over to the Provincial Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Canine Units of Bukidnon for properly disposing.
Landasan and his wife, Diden, as well as their two daughters, Honey Mae and Yassi, just surrendered to the 8IB.