SAN MIGUEL, Bohol – It’s almost a week, authorities remain clueless on who were responsible in the bombing of a power tower of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in barangay Camanaga of this town on early morning of June 24, said information officer Deng Pesquira in an interview. In his text message, Mayor Claudio Bonior yesterday said that he has not received yet any report relative to the incident, neither any lead who were responsible in the blasting of the tower. Police and local officials are still assessing the situation but could not yet pinpoint who are responsible for and what was the motive of the blasting. This is the second time around that a tower of the NGCP is being tried to be toppled. The first one occurred last year when still unidentified perpetrators tried to bring down a tower in hinterland barangay Sta. Catalina, Sagbayan town.
Pesquira said that based on what he learned from neighboring homes that a big bang was heard from the said spot where the tower is located even up to two kilometers away at the dawn of June 24. He said that the tower is now leaning but not totally collapsed due to impact of the explosion. The bomb fragments were brought to PNP laboratory and still being evaluated to determine the kind of the bomb used, he said. Pesquira said that the municipal peace and order council presided over by Mayor Claudio Bonior met last week a day after the bombed detonated to assess the situation. Gov. Edgar Chatto also called on a meeting Monday attended by Mayor Bonior, PNP provincial director Constantino Barot, Jr. and other officials to make assessment on the bombing incident. Pesquira said that authorities concerned are now looking the possibilities, such as handiwork of the rebels or disgruntled persons or lot owners or relatives who are not yet paid of their lots being traversed by the tower powerline, as the motive of the blast. Sketchy report indicated that “disagreements” ensued between the contractors and sub-contractors could be the motive of the detonation. But this could not be independently confirmed by authorities concerned.