Cotabato Construction Yard Produces Vintage Bombs

RUSTY BUT DANGEROUS. A total of 33 unexploded ordnance were found by construction workers digging a drainage channel in Midsayap, Cotabato province on Wednesday afternoon. (PPN photo)

COTABATO CITY – Authorities have confirmed that the old bombs discovered Wednesday in the city of Midsayap, Cotabato province, are still active even though they were already rusted.

Lt. Col. Rolly C. Oranza, chief of the Midsayap Municipal Police Station, said 33 unexploded ordnance was discovered by bomb experts after a construction worker initially found a 60mm mortar shell unexploded next to the highway at Barangay Sadaan where a drainage channel was being constructed.

Oranza said road construction workers rushed for safety after one unearthed what looked like an explosive.

Upon seeing one, the workers quickly alerted Midsayap police personnel who also notified the army’s 34th Infantry Battalion stationed in the town.

Members of the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team found another 32 rusty explosives which they described as “old, rusty but still active”.

Oranza said 25 of the explosives are 60mm mortar rounds and eight are 81mm mortar rounds.

The area where the explosives were found was once a detachment of the defunct Philippine Constabulary.

Oranza said the explosives are now in the custody of the 34th IB for safekeeping and eventual disposal.

“We call on the public, including diggers, not to tinker with suspected explosives discovered during construction work to save lives,” Oranza said.

/MUF

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