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Monday, December 28, 2009

JSOTF-P conducts bomb training with the Philippine National Police

By Lt.j.g. Theresa Donnelly, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines Public Affairs

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines- Members of Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines taught more than 40 officers from the Philippine National Police techniques for identifying homemade bombs in Zamboanga del Norte province Dec 22-23.

Law enforcement in Zamboanga regularly come across suspected IEDs and often have to investigate individuals accused of making homemade bombs, making this training imperative to perform their duties.

Three JSOTF-P members, from Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 5 (MU-5), spent two days teaching bomb squad officers from the Regional Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Detection Unit 9 (REODDU9)

PNP officers spent the first day in a classroom setting learning about materials used to make crude Improvised Explosive Devices. On the second day, the bomb squad detonated the explosives during a live-fire exercise at police headquarters.

“The purpose of the class was to teach the bomb squads what to look for when searching a property of someone who is suspected of making explosives. Even typical household products can be used for making IEDs,” said Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Dave Friedman.

For the past six months, MU-5 members have been working closely with the Region Nine bomb squad on a variety of different training exercises, building their capacity to better recognize, respond and overall counter IEDs in the Philippines.

In our job, we must understand the mixtures that can make up these IEDs, so we can counter them,” said PO1 Kenneby Damsid, a bomb technician with Region Nine. “We really enjoy working with the JSOTF-P EOD teams, we learn so much from them,” he said.

JSOTF-P EOD teams are situated at various locations throughout the Southern Philippines, assisting the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the PNP, and Local Government Units. Using a combination of classroom instruction, city-wide drills, and demolition exercises, teams are sharing their years of training on how to detect and safely render safe IEDs.

Teams here draw upon not only their experience working in the Philippines, but also knowledge gained by multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“It is great to share our knowledge with the teams here. I feel honored to work with the AFP and PNP teams, and I am glad we can share our best practices with them,” said Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Daniel Smith.


  1. Great post and very informative. i will come back and i hope to see more topics/post. Thank you for sharing. Wishing you all the best!

  2. Thank you so much Bea. We are glad to share the great projects the AFP, local governments and JSOTF-P partner on. Have a great day!

    LTJG Donnelly
    Deputy Public Affairs Officer

  3. i'm so proud of u PfC jerwin estrada! u'r a hero.i'm hurting so bad. i luv u!