DAVAO DEL NORTE, Philippines—The New People’s Army attacked a construction firm saying the company’s planned expansion threatened to demolish and dislocate the residents.
On Thursday, October 26 Omar Ibarra, spokesperson of the Western Agusan del Norte – Agusan del Sur Subregional Command, claimed the NPA is responsible for destroying four backhoes, a dump truck and a pay loader owned by GMC in Purok 7, Barangay Bonbon, Butuan City last October 21. Ibarra said the damage is estimated to reach P30 million.
“The attack was a punitive action against the Gil M. Cembrano (GMC) construction company for the destruction it brought to the environment due to the quarry operations,” Ibarra said in a statement.
The communist rebels also staged three military actions only within three days from October 21 to 23 and owned up to killing three government soldiers while sustaining two guerrillas killed.
The Army’s 26th Infantry Battalion and the communist rebels engaged in a firefight afternoon of October 22 in Kilometer 8, Barangay Balit, San Luis, Agusan del Sur where two NPAs were killed. On October 23, the NPA rebels also fired at soldiers of the 23rd Infantry Battalion in Purok 4, Barangay Nongnong, Butuan City. (davaotoday.com)