September seems to be a period for rediscovering vintage bombs in Puerto Princesa as the city recorded three cases for this month.
On September 12, a certain “Alyas Taba” discovered a suspected old bomb at Barangay Liwanag while on September 23, Jumaa Badayos Bance recovered three pieces of suspected explosives near the said area. Alpi Jay Jabagat, meanwhile, found a ‘roquette de bazooka m6a3c rocket’ in Barangay Bagong Sikat.
In an investigation conducted by the Explosive and Ordnance Division of City Police Office headed by Inspector Reginald Pagulayan, the first two bombs were similar to the 20-pound parrot bottle noses used during the war. However, the bombs do not contain any explosive components anymore.
The bazooka rocket, on the other hand, may still pose risk to people, said Police Supt Ronie Bacuel, Deputy for Administration. “And’yan pa rin kasi yan eh, yung arming device niya. Hangga’t intact pa ang isang ordanance na ‘yan may possibility pa rin na magkakaroon ng explosion,” he said.
Bacuel also said that there might be more vintage bomb scattered across the city since it is one of the ‘war zones’ during World War 2. He advised citizens that should they discover a suspected explosive ordnance, the bomb should not be touched and authorities should be called instead. “Kapag mayroon silang backyard improvement at nakakita ng hugis bomba, wag muna nila galawin at ipagbigay-alam sa pinakamalapit na police station,” he said.
All bombs were already turned over to the City PNP for proper disposal.