Troopers from the Capiz-based 3rd Infantry Division are now conducting pursuit operations against the New People's Army (NPA) fighters who torched engineering equipment belonging to a private company in Negros Occidental Sunday night.
The unprovoked attack took place at 8:35 p.m. at Sitio Taoangan in Barangay Gil Montilla,
, Negros Occidental,
3rd Infantry Division spokesperson Major Ray Tiongson said. Sipalay
The equipment was owned by International Builders Corporation.
Lt. Col. Pompeyo Jason Almagro, 47th Infantry Battalion commander, said around 30 armed NPA rebels burned one grader, one payloader and one vibratory roller using combustible materials.
The equipment destroyed by the NPA was used for construction and rehabilitation of the national road which is a government project that could boost trade and economic development in
. Sipalay City
It was gathered that the atrocity was another extortion attempt of the NPA to force the private firm to give protection money.