Monday, December 15, 2014

Rebels torch private firm’s heavy equipment in Sipalay City

From the Philippine News Agency (Dec 15): Rebels torch private firm’s heavy equipment in Sipalay City

At least 50 suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) burned three heavy equipment of a private contractor Sunday evening at Sitio Taw-angan, Barangay Gil Montilla, Sipalay City, about 170 kilometers south of this city.

Damaged were a grader, a payloader, and a vibratory roller at the batching plant of International Developer Corp. (IDC) owned by Alfonso Tan of Pavia, Iloilo.

The IDC is doing road construction works in southern Negros Occidental.

Supt. Luisito Acebuche, city police chief, said heavy equipment worth about Php5 million were damaged during the atrocity that took place around 8:30 p.m.

Police operatives put the fire under control with assistance from the city’s fire station, he said.

Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said the police and the Philippine Army are tracking down the fleeing rebels.

In previous months, the NPA rebels also burned heavy equipment of Maricalum Mining Company in Barangay San Jose, Sipalay City.

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