Units from the Central Command are now conducting pursuit operations against a New People's Army (NPA) band that torched engineering equipment belonging to the Hanjin (HHIC) Company in Gen. MacArthur town,
Eastern Samar Wednesday morning.
Destroyed were two dump trucks and a backhoe, Central Command spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Jim Alagao said.
An estimated 30 rebels participated in the attack which took place 10 a.m. at the vicinity of Barangay Vigan and Binalay River, Gen. MacArthur, Eastern Samar.
At the time of the assault, HHIC construction crewmembers were conducting quarry operations.
Alagao said these rebels are operating under the "Sesame" group of the Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee.
HHIC is also in charge for the road widening project of a national road from Buray to Guiuan town.
"We are aiming for peace and development on this side of the country. Roads should be opened for further development to start for
Samar that has long been a hot bed of insurgency in the
country. The burning only indicates that they are against development,"
“Typhoon 'Ruby' has just devastated some parts of
Eastern Visayas. Your Armed Forces in the Visayas is in
the middle of a huge relief-operations to help out our kababayans and here come
these communist terrorists wreaking havoc and destroying the livelihood of the
people in the area. They said they are going to help those who were affected by
the typhoon. Should the Filipino People believe them? I guess not," he