- The tower of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines was bombed in North Cotabato City
- Authorities have reported that unidentified armed men planned the explosion but failed to topple down the tower
- Militant group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters claimed responsibility of bombings of NGCP but police have yet to determine whether this is true or not
Another bombing incident in Mindanao occurred in Cotabato City after the recent bombing of the Roxas night market in Davao City.
A tower of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) was bombed around 6pm Saturday, as confirmed by provincial authorities, in Carmen, Cotabato.
Superintendent Bernard Tayong, spokesperson for North Cotabato police, reported the attack happened in Barangay Kitulaan where unidentified armed men planned the explosion but failed to execute it properly.
The police said that the transmission tower is still functioning properly which means that the explosion did not topple it down.
Tayong said that bomb experts were already sent to the area to investigate the type of bomb used in the attempt to topple the steel tower of the NGCP.
The bandit group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters are claiming responsibility of bombings of NGCP towers in the past, however, police officers are still investigating whether the same group is responsible for the latest attack.
Meanwhile, another explosion terrified citizens in South Cotabato.
Vice Mayor Eliazar Jovero reported that the explosion, which destroyed portions of his house, occurred across their house inside their compound in Polomolok, South Cotabato at around 9pm Saturday.
According to the security guard in the residence, two unidentified men riding a motorcycle stopped near the house.
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“Akala ko man mag-ihi lang yung isa. Tapos ung isa hindi man bumaba sa motor. ‘Yun na lang bigla lang may sumabog,” said Antonio Piamonte, the on-duty security guard during that time.
(I thought one of them was just going to take a pee on the sidewalk. The other man remained in his motorcycle. Then suddenly, there was an explosion.)
No record of injuries or fatalities were reported from the two bombing incidents.
The provincial police was placed under heightened alert after the bombing incident at the Davao City night market that caused the death of 14 people and wounded 60 others.