NGCP steel tower bombed anew in North Cotabato
COTABATO CITY—Another steel tower of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) was bombed by still unidentified men around 9:28 p.m. Thursday, causing massive power outage in a large part of North Cotabato, Maguindanao and this city.
Power was restored here past 7 a.m. Friday, however, other areas remained with electricity, officials said.
The NGCP said the bombed tower was in Barangay (village) Pagangan in Aleosan in North Cotabato.
The toppled tower was part of the transmission system that brings power from Kibawe, Bukidnon to the Simuay, Sultan Kudarat station—which in turn supplies power to this city and portions of Maguindanao and North Cotabato.
Arlene Hepiga, Cotabato Light communications officer, said efforts to shift power loads from the Simuay station to the Tacurong 69-Kilovolt line only succeeded Friday morning. She said power supply was now stable here.
Police and military authorities said the identities of the suspects remain unclear but said the motive could be extortion.
Thursday night’s power tower bombing was the sixth of such attacks in North Cotabato and Maguindanao this year. RAM
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