Manila Times - - Regions - LEANDER C. DOMINGO

BAM­BANG, Nueva Viz­caya: Po­lice bomb ex­perts con­firmed the dis­cov­ery of a World War 2 vin­tage bomb by con­struc­tion work­ers in a Chris­tian school com­pound here, also be­lieved to be where Ja­panese gold bars were hid­den. The bomb in its orig­i­nal con­di­tion was first dis­cov­ered on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon by a back­hoe op­er­a­tor in a con­struc­tion site at the King’s Col­lege of the Philip­pines (KCP) com­pound in Barangay Magsaysay Hills. Chief Insp. Vil­le­gas Clave­ria, town po­lice chief, said the bomb which is 1.5 me­ters in length and weighs 1,102.31 pounds can re­ally cause huge dam­age on lives and prop­er­ties if it ex­ploded. “The bomb could to­tally de­stroy the school build­ing near the place where the bomb was found if im­prop­erly dis­posed,” Clave­ria, who is also a bomb ex­pert, said. He said the bomb is big­ger but sim­i­lar to an M43/64 bomb aimed by Amer­i­can sol­diers at a for­mer Ja­panese Im­pe­rial Army gar­ri­son dur­ing the sec­ond world war. It is be­lieved that some 175 Ja­panese chief en­gi­neers and two hun­dred slave la­bor­ers were buried alive in­side a tun­ner near Barangay Tophill (now Barangay Magsaysay Hills) dur­ing the June 1, 1945 farewell party. The tun­nel was de­scribed in a book ti­tled Gold War­riors by Ster­ling and Peggy Sea­grave as the Tun­nel 8 lo­cated at the Tophill vil­lage which was con­nected to Tun­nel 9 and Bam­bang town’s old ceme­tery. Sea­grave’s book claims the tun­nels were packed with gold bars owned by Ja­panese Prince Takeda Tsuneyoshi.

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